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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

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 15, 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://www.muninetworks.org/content/circuit-court-fcc-you-can-restore-local-authority-build-community-networks

As we noted yesterday, the DC Circuit of Appeals has decided that the FCC does not have authority to implement its Open Internet (network neutrality) rules as proposed several years ago. But the court nonetheless found that the FCC does have some authority to regulate in the public interest, particularly when it comes to something… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jan 14, 2014

Republican Principles Change Depending On Whether A Bill Favors Labor Or Capital

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/republican-principles-change-depending-bill-favors-labor-capital/

Are Republicans inconsistent when they sometimes support using offsets and indexing and sometimes don’t?  Not at all.  They’re actually very consistent.  When capital comes asking for gifts Republicans act like Santa Claus.  When labor is the supplicant they conduct themselves more like Scrooge. Consider the Republicans’ different approach to the estate tax, the minimum wage,… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 14, 2014

Public Access Media and Community Owned Networks – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #81

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/public-access-media-and-community-owned-networks-community-broadband-bits-podcast-81

After a listener suggested we do a show on the modern role of public access media, we decided to reach out to Mike Wassenaar, now a senior development officer at Free Press and formerly the Executive Director of Saint Paul Neighborhood Network, a great example of the promise of public access. Mike and I talk… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jan 14, 2014

The End Of Personal Space

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

The natural tendency of the private sector, when unrestrained, is to strip us of our personal physical and psychic space.  Just look at what has happened in the airline and broadcasting industries. When it comes to air travel, private companies’ profits depend on maximizing revenue per cubic inch of space inside a plane. Fifty years… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jan 13, 2014

It’s Been A Very Bad Month For the Private Sector

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

The private sector has had a very bad month.   Its most widely publicized failure occurred when UPS and FedEx fumbled their Christmas deliveries while the U.S. Postal Service scored a touchdown.    “An unlikely Star of the Holiday Shipping Season:  The U.S. Postal Service” is how Business Week described the clear victory of the public… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 13, 2014

Ohio Community Wants to Expand Use of Existing Fiber

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/ohio-community-wants-expand-use-existing-fiber

In Springfield, Ohio, community leaders are looking for ways to use their share of a commercially owned fiber optic loop on the eastern side of town. The community hopes to secure a $50,000 Local Innovation Fund grant from the state to finance a feasibility study reports the News-Sun. Approximately 60,000 people live in Springfield, located… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 10, 2014

Wisconsin Gets a Gig in Reedsburg

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/wisconsin-gets-gig-reedsburg

The latest addition to the growing list of gigabit communities is Reedsburg, Wisconsin. For residential customers, the service is available for $274.95/month when bundled or $299.95/month standalone. The network has long delivered gigabit services to local businesses but the residential offer is new. In a recent press release the Reedsburg Utility Commission (RUC) announced it now… Continue reading