Toolkit from Institute for Local Self Reliance for communities wanting to support community broadband

The Institute for Local Self Reliance has a new toolkit to “States and Cities Can Beat Back Corporate Control and Build Thriving Communities“…

Across the country, local and state officials and citizens are struggling to overcome a set of deep and challenging problems, which have been further revealed, and exacerbated, by Covid. These include stark inequality, persistent poverty, disappearing small businesses, racial oppression, failing family farms, fraying community institutions, and entire cities and towns that have been marginalized and left behind.

There are many drivers of these trends. But there is one phenomenon in particular that has profoundly shaped all of these dynamics, and every single sector of our economy — the consolidation of corporate power.

They look at a number of facets:

  • Banking
  • Broadband
  • Electricity
  • Food and Farming
  • Pharmacy
  • Small Business
  • State Attorneys General
  • Waste

Clearly the ILSR (Muninetworks) is all about community self-reliance. They look at the infrastructure and adoption and offer the following policy recommendations:

  • Give Local Governments the Freedom to Connect
  • Allow Cities to Issue Bonds for Broadband Infrastructure
  • Support and Guide Smaller Communities
  • Collect ISP Data
  • Build Municipal Networks and Partnerships
  • Procurement Policies
  • Establish a Broadband Grant Program
  • Create “One-Touch Make-Ready” Rules
  • Organize a Listening Tour

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