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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 16, 2013

Book Review: Garbology – Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/book-review-garbology-dirty-love-affair-trash/

ILSR president, Neil Seldman, reviews a recent book by Pulitzer Prize-wining writer, Edward Humes, titled “Garbology.” Humes wisely observes, recycling is America’s last line of defense against waste, when it should be the last. His book contains an excellent concise history of how the US became addicted to garbage and the socioeconomic and environmental dilemmas of today. It also introduces us to extraordinary individual activists and entrepreneurs attempting to solve problems, and provides useful summary charts and tables to further inform readers. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 16, 2013

Stop the Presses: Washington Discovers Mergers Reduce Competition, Increase Prices

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/stop-presses-washington-discovers-mergers-reduce-competition-increase-prices/

In 1985 the United States was home to 24 airlines.  Today there are 7.  The Justice Departments under Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush II and Obama welcomed all mergers. Then in August 2013 the antitrust division of the Justice Department suddenly discovered why there is an antitrust division. According to the New York Times, “But… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 16, 2013

Baltimore Once Again Considering Publicly Owned Options

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/baltimore-once-again-considering-publicly-owned-options

Back in 2010, we reported on the City of Baltimore and its frustration with Comcast and desire to have a real choice for Internet access. Nothing came of the idea at the time but the Baltimore Business Journal reports that Baltimore is once again considering the possibility of a publicly owned network. The Board of… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 15, 2013

“We Can Never Make Enough Money” CEO Tells Ever-Poorer Workers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/we-money-ceo-ever-poorer-workers/

“Caterpillar has pioneered a two-tier wage system in which workers hired after a certain date are consigned to a significantly lower wage scale than others and it recently pressed its longer-term employees into accepting a six year wage freeze.  Many Caterpillar workers ask why the company insisted on a pay freezer when it reported repeated… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 15, 2013

The Tea Party vs. the Public Library

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/tea-party-vs-public-library/

In September 2012 the Library Board of Pulaski County raised property taxes $1 per year for a typical homeowner to maintain the existing level of services in its five libraries. Voters were not given the opportunity to reject the increase; in 2006 however, they were and resoundingly approved a much larger increase to finance a… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 15, 2013

Community Network Services (CNS) Brings STEM Education and More to Rural Southwest Georgia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-network-services-cns-brings-stem-education-and-more-rural-southwest-georgia

“With agriculture being the number one industry in the state, we are looking to inspire students to learn globally and live and produce locally. Agriculture and STEM education are a natural fit. With GPS-guided equipment and variable-rate irrigation and fertilizer applicators to better manage natural resources, education is key.” These are the words of Beau… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 14, 2013

Xmission Increases Speeds for Free in the Land of UTOPIA

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/xmission-increases-speeds-free-land-utopia

Customers subscribing to Xmission via UTOPIA just received a free upgrade. Subscribers to the 50 Mbps service are now receiving 100 Mbps at no extra charge. The Free UTOPIA blog ran the announcement along with this tip: One thing to note is that if you aren’t seeing those speeds, you may need to upgrade your… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 13, 2013

Glasgow EPB Helps Community Hospital Expand

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/glasgow-epb-helps-community-hospital-expand

When a local hospital saw an opportunity to deliver services from an abandoned big box store, the community broadband network sealed the deal with connectivity both advanced and affordable. That store had been an anchor for nearby businesses; allowing it to remain empty put them at risk. In 2011, officials from T.J. Samson Community Hospital… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 13, 2013

Medical Marijuana: 40 Years of Sanity from the Bottom and Insanity from the Top

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/medical-marijuana-40-years-sanity-bottom-insanity-top/

Our attitude toward medical marijuana has unfolded like a sisyphean tragedy in three acts. Act I:  The People Press Their Case, Again and Again In 1937 Congress passed the Marihuana Tax Act, which made the recreational use of marijuana illegal.  But it affirmed the right of physicians and pharmacists to prescribe and dispense it. The… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 13, 2013

Chattanooga’s EPB Fiber on Community Broadband Bits Podcast Episode #59

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/chattanoogas-epb-fiber-community-broadband-bits-podcast-episode-59

Chattanooga’s EPB Fiber is the highest profile community network in the U.S. It was the first network in the nation to offer a symmetrical gigabit tier to every last address in the community. On today’s Community Broadband Bits podcast, Danna Bailey joins us to discuss the network. Danna Bailey is EPB’s Vice President of Corporate… Continue reading