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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 6, 2015

Unveiling the Five Pillars of Energy Democracy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/unveiling-pillars-energy-democracy/

Exciting changes are on the horizon for our century-old utility structure as solar power, energy storage, and electric vehicles open new avenues for utility customers to produce their own power and control their energy use. Utilities are scrambling to remain relevant in this technological firestorm, and energy wonks are envisioning a new business model––Utility 2.0––that… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 6, 2015

Time Warner Cable Takes Maine Lawmakers to Exclusive Hotel for Lobbying Tryst

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/time-warner-cable-takes-maine-lawmakers-to-exclusive-hotel-for-lobbying-tryst-2/

Time Warner Cable began lobbying Maine legislators at the dawn of the legislative session, reports the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting. In January, the cable gargantuan hosted a “Winter Policy Conference” for state lawmakers at the exclusive Inn by the Sea resort. As Maine state leaders contemplate how they can boost connectivity, the incumbents… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 6, 2015

Time Warner Cable Takes Maine Lawmakers to Exclusive Hotel for Lobbying Tryst

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/time-warner-cable-takes-maine-lawmakers-to-exclusive-hotel-for-lobbying-tryst/

Time Warner Cable began lobbying Maine legislators at the dawn of the legislative session, reports the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting. In January, the cable gargantuan hosted a “Winter Policy Conference” for state lawmakers at the exclusive Inn by the Sea resort. As Maine state leaders contemplate how they can boost connectivity, the incumbents… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 6, 2015

Are We Sunk? The Electric Utility’s Titanic Problem

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/electric-utility-titanic-problem/

In my recent report on the utility business model of the future, I laid out 5 pillars of a democratic energy system. It’s hard not to notice the contrast between this vision of the future and the 15-year business plan laid out by Xcel Energy in Minnesota, the incumbent monopoly serving about half the state’s… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 5, 2015

Voters Resoundingly Approve Broadband Measure in Estes Park, Colorado

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/voters-resoundingly-approve-broadband-measure-in-estes-park-colorado/

On February 3rd, voters in Estes Park voted 92 percent to reclaim local authority to establish a telecommunications utility. The result follows a greater trend in Colorado where eight communities made similar decisions last fall. Each of these elections has happened during Comcast’s merger review, which may have discouraged them from their usual tactics to… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 5, 2015

The Labor and Small Business Alliance Behind San Francisco’s Landmark Retail Workers Bill of Rights

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/labor-small-business-alliance-san-franciscos-landmark-retail-workers-bill-rights/

The political interests of labor and small business are often seen as pitted against each other — a perception corporate lobbyists work hard to perpetuate. But the two groups actually share broad common cause these days. Both stand to gain from building a more humane economy in which ruthless efficiency does not trump all else. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 4, 2015

ILSR Joins Independent Business Groups in Pushing for Disclosure of Corporate Subsidies

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/ilsr-joins-independent-business-groups-pushing-disclosure-corporate-subsidies/

ILSR joined other members of the Advocates for Independent Business coalition in submitting a joint public comment letter in support of a landmark proposal to require local and state governments, as part of their financial reporting, to annually disclose the tax breaks and incentives they have provided to corporations in the name of economic development. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 4, 2015

Broward County Saves with Fiber Network in Florida

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/broward-county-saves-with-fiber-network-in-florida/

In 2014, Broward County completed its transition from an expensive leased data, video, and voice communications system to its own fiber network. The southern Florida county is now saving $780,000 per year with plenty of room to grow. With the transition to an IP-based telephony system, the County also saves and additional $28,000 per year…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 3, 2015

Greater Minnesota Partnership Focuses on Non-Metro Need – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 136

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/greater-minnesota-partnership-focuses-on-non-metro-need-community-broadband-bits-podcast-136/

Like many states, Minnesota has a major metro area that generally has higher quality Internet access than non-metro communities. The Greater Minnesota Partnership, a coalition of businesses, chambers, nonprofits, and cities from across the state, have made improving Internet access a major priority in their efforts to influence the state legislature. This week, we talk… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 3, 2015

Supporters Rally Behind Wheeler, Chattanooga, and Wilson: “I Recommend Approval”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/supporters-rally-behind-wheeler-chattanooga-and-wilson-i-recommend-approval/

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler released a statement yesterday supporting the concept of local authority for community broadband infrastructure. Chattanooga and Wilson filed petitions to scale back state restrictions last summer. In his statement, Wheeler officially recommended the Commission approve the petitions. If approved, the petitions have the potential to liberate local communities from state restrictions.  Along with… Continue reading