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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 21, 2014

New Help for Cities Auditing Private Trash and Recycling Contractors

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/cities-auditing-private-trash-recycling-contractors/

ILSR and Sustainable Environmental Management Company (SEMCO) have joined to make state-of-the-art analytical tools available to city and county agencies overseeing solid waste and recycling programs. ILSR president Neil Seldman, and SEMCO president Jon Michael Huls will direct this new outreach effort. Seldman and Huls have been working partners for over 30 years in the field of resource management. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 18, 2014

Danger of “Sponsored Data” via AT&T, Others

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/danger-sponsored-data-att-others

AT&T has announced a program that has put many of us on edge – “Sponsored Data.” As an example, I may have a 500 MB cap on my monthly AT&T plan, but Facebook could pay AT&T so that its content does not count against my cap. Both Free Press and Public Knowledge have taken strong… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 17, 2014

ILSR Receives Community Broadband Advocacy Award

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/ilsr-receives-community-broadband-advocacy-award

The Southeast Assocation of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors has announced Christopher Mitchell will receive its 2014 Community Broadband Advocacy Award at its upcoming conference on March 24 and 25 in Raleigh, North Carolina. I am honored to receive this recognition alongside Jim Baller and the Georgia Municipal Association, with whom I have worked on several… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 16, 2014

Circuit Court to FCC: You Can Restore Local Authority to Build Community Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/circuit-court-to-fcc-restore-local-authority/

This article originally ran January 15 on MuniNetworks.org, our site dedicated to broadband and community networks. Our analysis zeros in on the Court’s take on local authority, an issue near and dear to our mission at ILSR.  As we noted yesterday, the DC Circuit of Appeals has decided that the FCC does not have authority to implement… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jan 16, 2014

A David and Goliath Fight to Tap World Class Solar – Episode 14 of Local Energy Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/david-goliath-fight-tap-world-class-solar-episode-14-local-energy-rules/

“It’s the most inspirational work that I’m doing…this is an inspirational and aspirational effort…at the heart of it is love of place and energy democracy.” Citizens of Santa Fe, NM, are exploring the economic and environmental benefits of more local and locally-controlled energy production.  Is their city ready to take the lead? Find out in… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 16, 2014

Potential Funding Availability via Race to the Top

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/potential-funding-availability-race-top

Let me start by saying that I don’t yet know anything in addition to what I write below. We are all waiting for more details. On January 30, the FCC will take action on the FTTH Council’s Gigabit Race to the Top progam. We previously took a brief look at the idea, while focusing on… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 16, 2014

Cox Ditches Cable for Fiber in Upscale Housing Development

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/cox-ditches-cable-fiber-upscale-housing-development

John St. Julien covered this story last month, but I couldn’t resist amplifying it. Cox Cable, which has undoubtedly told hundreds of communities that they don’t need anything better than what it delivers over its cable network, has opted for a full FTTH in a wealthy new development in California’s Orange County. CED has the… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Jan 15, 2014

Ten Ways to Strengthen DC’s Proposed Ban on Polystyrene

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/ten-ways-strengthen-dcs-proposed-ban-polystyrene-2/

Last week the DC City Council held a public hearing on Mayor Vincent Gray’s Sustainable DC Omnibus Act of 2013 (Bill 20-573), which aims to improve the quality of life and economic opportunity for District residents.  Brenda Platt, director of ILSR’s Sustainable Plastics and Composting Makes $en$e projects, testified in support of the bill’s ban… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 15, 2014

Our Look at DC Circuit Court of Appeals Network Neutrality Decision

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/chris-mitchell-dc-circuit-network-neutrality-decision/

This article originally ran January 14 on MuniNetworks.org, our site dedicated to broadband and community networks. In addition to the broader topic of Network Neutrality, the decision will affect local communities’ authority to serve their citizens. This is the first of a series of stories from Chris that analyze the potential impact of the decision and how… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 15, 2014

Chris Mitchell Shares Lessons Learned from Seattle and Gigabit Squared; The Challenge of Private Sector Cable Competition

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/chris-mitchell-shares-lessons-learned-from-seattle-and-gigabit-squared-private-sector-cable-competition/

This article originally ran on MuniNetworks.org, our site dedicated to broadband and community networks.  This the second in a series of posts exploring lessons learned from the Seattle Gigabit Squared project, which now appears unlikely to be built. The first post is available here and focuses on the benefits massive cable companies already have as well… Continue reading