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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 31, 2014

Businesses Mount Opposition to Anti-Competition Cable Bill in Kansas

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/businesses-mount-opposition-anti-competition-cable-bill-kansas

In a very quick turnaround, a number of prominent companies have signed on to a letter opposing the Kansas bill to block competition for existing Internet providers, like Time Warner Cable. Firms signing the letter sent to the Commerce Committee include Alcatel-Lucent, American Public Power Association, Atlantic Engineering Group, Calix, CTC Technology & Energy, Fiber… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 2 Comments | Updated on Jan 30, 2014

Natural Gas isn’t a Bridge Fuel, it’s a Gateway Drug

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/natural-gas-bridge-fuel-gateway-drug/

In his State of the Union, President Obama added to the conventional wisdom that supplanting coal with natural gas will act as a bridge toward a climate solution. Unfortunately, gas is more of a gateway drug than a bridge to a clean energy future. 1) It’s still a major greenhouse gas.  Sure, natural gas is… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 30, 2014

Early Reactions to Anti-Competition Broadband Bill in Kansas

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/early-reactions-anti-competition-broadband-bill-kansas

Following the introduction of SB 304 to limit investment in Internet networks in Kansas, which we covered on Tuesday, we saw some early reactions from those who fear the bill will effectively stop new investment in networks, much to the benefit of the big cable and telephone companies already providing service. We quickly saw a… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 30, 2014

Bill to Limit Internet Investment Introduced in Kansas

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/bill-limit-internet-investment-kansas/

Kansas is the latest legislative battle ground in the fight to preserve local self-reliance. The Kansas Legislature is taking up SB 304 to limit local municipalities’ authority to invest in publicly owned networks. While the language of the bill states the purpose is to “encourage widespread use of technological advances” for video and broadband at… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jan 30, 2014

Can Cities Tackle Inequality?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/cities-tackle-inequality/

After Bill de Blasio was elected mayor of New York City on a promise to narrow the gap between rich and poor, former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer (D) lectured him on the facts of local government life. “The point is, you’re a mayor, buster, you’ve got to make sure the snow gets plowed. You’ve got… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 30, 2014

Self-Reliance Podcast Episode 1: Local Self-Reliance in the Modern Economy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/self_reliance_podcast_episode_1/

What is the role of local self-reliance in the modern economy? As world travel, global commerce, and communications across the oceans bring us closer together, the role of localism changes. In our inaugural podcast episode, we bring together three ILSR veterans to look at the issue. Christopher Mitchell, Director of the Telecommunications as Commons initiative… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 29, 2014

Ponca City Fiber: Serving Businesses, Schools, and Offering Free Wi-Fi

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/ponca-city-fiber-serving-businesses-schools-and-offering-free-wi-fi

Its extensive free Wi-Fi has brought Ponca City into the limelight but the mesh network did not appear overnight. The community effort began with miles of fiber network that provide connectivity and enable the mesh network financially and technically. Ponca City, home to 25,000, is located on Oklahoma’s north central border; Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and… Continue reading

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Article filed under Deconstruction, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 29, 2014

Free 3-Part Deconstruction Webinar Series

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/free-3-part-deconstruction-webinar-series/

This three part webinar series is brought to you by WasteCap Resource Solutions and is sponsored as well as presented by Ted Reiff, President of The ReUse People of America (TRP). Check out TRP’s website, www.thereusepeople.org, for more information. Ted has been in the deconstruction industry for many years. He will be sharing his vast… Continue reading

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Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 29, 2014

ILSR is Founding Member of Chesapeake Sustainable Business Council

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/ilsr-founding-member-chesapeake-sustainable-business-council/

ILSR is happy and proud to report that we are founding members of the newly launched Chesapeake Sustainable Business Council (CSBC).  The CSBC is a business-led educational and advocacy organization whose mission is to promote sustainable business viability, awareness, and impact within the Chesapeake region (MD, DC and VA). Over the next year CSBC will… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 29, 2014

Update on the Proposed Frederick County and Carroll County, MD Garbage Incinerator

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/update-proposed-frederick-county-carroll-county-md-garbage-incinerator/

Organized citizens and small business people of Carroll and Frederick Counties, MD have been fighting a proposed garbage incinerator for 8 years. Most recently the news has been filled with suggestions that the deal may be dissolving. Continue reading