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Article filed under Biomaterials, Waste to Wealth | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 29, 2012

Innovative Management Strategies for Biopolymers

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At this year’s International Biopolymers Symposium, Brenda Platt moderated a panel entitled, Innovative management strategies for End of Life, and provided opening remarks on the last day of the conference. As one of the chairs of the International Biopolymers Symposium, the Sustainable Biomaterials Collaborative has kept sustainable sourcing and end-of-life issues as prominent sessions. To read… Continue reading

Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Oct 29, 2012

Development of a Master Composter Training Program in the Washington, DC Region

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/national-capital-region-organics-task-force-mc/

If you are interested in supporting the development of a DC Region Master Composter Training Program, please contact Bobby Bell at bbell@ilsr.org. An active Master Composter Training Program is a key component of a successful decentralized community-based composting infrastructure. The National Capital Region Organics Task Force has agreed to support the development of a Master Composter… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 29, 2012

Antitrust Enforcement Yields Increased Investment in Wireless

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/antitrust-enforcement-yields-increased-investment-in-wireless/

We have long argued that smart antitrust policy promotes investment and competition in the market. Allowing a few firms to consolidate too much power allows them to ignore our needs because we lack alternative service providers. In economic terms, they can use their market power to prevent market entry from innovative new firms. Harold Feld… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 27, 2012

Travel Back in Time with Trent Lott

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/travel-back-in-time-with-trent-lott/

“I think the rural electric associations, the municipalities, and the investor-owned utilities, are all positioned to make a real contribution in this telecommunications area, and I do think it is important that we make sure we have got the right language to accomplish what we wish to accomplish here.” – Fmr. Sen. Trent Lott (R-Mississippi)… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 26, 2012

Protecting Local Authority Against ALEC and AT&T Attacks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/protecting-local-authority-against-alec-and-att-attacks/

Forbes’ CIO Network carried this article co-authored by our own Christopher Mitchell and Todd O’Boyle, the Program Director for the Media and Democracy Reform Initiative at Common Cause. The same article also ran on the CommonBlog under the title “Debunking ALEC, Broadband Edition.” Why Communities Should Decide What Telecom Networks They Have Not long ago,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 25, 2012

Fiberhoods New Destination for Start-Up Businesses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/fiberhoods-new-destination-for-start-up-businesses/

As more and more businesses consider broadband a critical utility, property demand reflects the need for high-speed Internet. In Kansas City, property designated as a future Fiberhood is already in high demand. Phillip Dampier reports in Stop the Cap! that tech businesses are relocating to get the jump on the gigabit fiber service, inching property… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 24, 2012

Extensive Fiber Route Snaking Its Way Across Michigan

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/extensive-fiber-route-snaking-its-way-across-michigan/

The nonprofit Merit Network, Inc., of Michigan, started in 1966 as a way to provide networking help to the state’s research and educational facilities across the state. Over the years, the organization has kept up with the times and is now spearheading the Rural, Education, Anchor, Community and Healthcare – Michigan Middle Mile Collaborative (REACH-3MC… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 23, 2012

Community Broadband Bits 18 – Dewayne Hendricks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/community-broadband-bits-18-dewayne-hendricks/

Dewayne Hendricks is a serial entreprenuer, innovator, and wireless expert. Wired magazine labeled him a broadband cowboy back in 2001. And he is our guest on the 18th episode of Community Broadband Bits. Our discussion focuses on the promise of wireless technologies and how a few entrenched interests in DC (the big broadcasters and wireless… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 23, 2012

Oct. 24th Digital Dialogue on Community Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/oct-24th-digital-dialogue-on-community-networks/

On October 24th, tune to the Media Action Grassroots Network for a discussion on community networks and their contribution to the areas that create them. MAG-Net will be hosting a Digital Dialogue at 10 a.m. PST / 1 p.m. EST. The presentation is titled Community Broadband as a Path to Thriving Local Economies and Neighborhood… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 23, 2012

Gamers Lament Telcos Inability to Keep Up

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/gamers-lament-telcos-inability-to-keep-up/

“We have to worry about broadband when we should be thinking about making better games.” – Eidos Presdent Ian Livingstone at the Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam, October 17, 2012. Kyle Orland reports in Ars Technica on Livingstone’s comments about the chemistry between broadband service providers and the gaming industry. While broadband speeds continue to… Continue reading