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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

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

A Zero Waste Paradigm for Denmark

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

Transitioning from incineration to recycling and composting in Denmark — A detailed article on this important policy  turn around is helpful in the debates on garbage incineration in the US, where incineration proponents point to the “success” of this technology in Northern Europe. Click here to read the full article on the Zero Waste Europe… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 28, 2014

The Real Threats from Monopoly – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #83

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/real-threats-monopoly-community-broadband-bits-podcast-83

When we think about the threat of monopoly, we almost always focus on how monopolies can raise prices beyond what is reasonable. But there are many threats from monopolies and many are much more dangerous to a free society than higher prices. This week, monopoly expert Barry Lynn joins us for the Community Broadband Bits… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 28, 2014

Policy Brief: Building Community Broadband Access

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/policy-brief-building-community-broadband-access

In partnership with the Center for Popular Democracy, we have created a new policy brief: Building Community Broadband Access. We offer examples of communities that have acted to improve access by using smart strategies that facilitate community owned networks. This fact sheet provides information to legislators, advocates, or concerned citizens who want to educate others about… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 27, 2014

Minnesota Broadband Conference February 4 – 5

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/minnesota-broadband-conference-february-4-5

Mark your calendar to attend Boarder to Boarder Broadband: A Call to Action on February 4 – 5 in St. Paul, Minnesota. The event is sponsored by the Blandin Foundation and a long list of organizations concerned with connectivity, economic development, and education ni Minnesota. ILSR’s Chris Mitchell will be presenting on February 5 as… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jan 27, 2014

Local Climate Solutions

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

What can an individual city or town do to fight climate change? A lot! View these slides from a presentation by ILSR’s Director of Democratic Energy John Farrell to the Northfield Climate Summit on January 18, 2014, to see what one small Minnesota town has done, what other steps it can take as part of… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 27, 2014

Sun Prairie Ponders Fiber Network Investment in Wisconsin

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/sun-prairie-ponders-fiber-network-investment-wisconsin

The Sun Prairie City Council met on January 14th to discuss a possible investment in a municipal fiber network. Thank you to local resident Jonathan Kleinow for alerting us to developments in the south central Wisconsin town. The Star published an article about the meeting in which The Motive Group presented information to the Committee… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 24, 2014

Merit Collaborates With OARnet and Local Community in Hillsdale, Michigan

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/merit-collaborates-oarnet-and-local-community-hillsdale-michigan

A recent press release from the Merit educational and research network in Michigan announces a new connection to its Ohio sister, OARnet. Member entities and local communities now enjoy better redundancy, expanded reach, and better services. Local communities continue to benefit from the presence of the middle mile infrastructure. The network helps local Hillsdale College… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 24, 2014

Lessons Learned from Seattle and Gigabit Squared; The Challenge of Open Access

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/lessons-learned-from-seattle-and-gigabit-squared-the-challenge-of-open-access/

This article by Christopher Mitchell originally ran on MuniNetworks.org, our site dedicated to broadband and community networks.  To finalize our series on reflections from Seattle and Gigabit Squared, I discuss open access networks and how the requirement that a network directly pay all its costs effectively dooms it in the U.S. Read part one here… Continue reading