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Featured Article, Resource filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jul 8, 2013

Does the Citizens Recycling Movement Face a Hostile Takeover?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/does-recycling-movement-face-hostile-takeover/

Neil Seldman provides an update and review of recycling and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) developments based on his interviews with recycling practitioners,  local officials and environmental leaders. Download the policy review. Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jul 8, 2013

Is the $236 Billion Recycling Sector Threatened by a Hostile Takeover?

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

For decades the US recycling movement has fought garbage incinerators that threatened to smother it in its infancy. Indeed, recycling is now a $300 billion industry in large part because of the success of a broad grassroots movement in halting the construction of hundreds of new incinerators. But, according to a policy review by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, the specter of a revived incineration industry is again threatening the recycling industry and, ironically, this threat is being enabled by the application of new environmental strategy intended to increase re-use and recycling: Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). In British Columbia, for example, the EPR program has embraced the construction of three new incinerators. Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 8, 2013

Small Iowa Town’s Telecom Utility Long Time Coming: Broadband Bits #53

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/small-iowa-town-telecom-utility/

Waverly, a town of 10,000 in Iowa, decided to create a city owned telecommunications utility with a successful referendum vote in 2000 but has only recently decided to move forward with a major investment to offer services. Mike Litterer, Interim General Manager of Waverly Light and Power, joins us to discuss the project. Following the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 8, 2013

Rockbridge Area Network Authority Close to Launch in Virginia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/rockbridge-area-network-authority-close-launch-virginia

The Rockbridge Area Network Authority (RANA) is almost ready to launch its open access network in north central Virginia, home to about 22,000 people. A recipient of the BTOP stimulus program, the main focus is connecting community anchor institutions and spurring economic development. However, it has been built to allow service providers to also offer… Continue reading

Towards a Localist Policy Agenda
Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 5, 2013

Towards a Localist Policy Agenda

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

To regenerate local businesses, we’ll need more than Buy Local campaigns; we’ll need to change public policy, which now favors big business. In this presentation, Stacy Mitchell looks at seven key policy areas to focus on. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 5, 2013

Muni Network Debate in Charlotte Observer

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/muni-network-debate-charlotte-observer

In a recent op ed in the Charlotte Observer, Christopher Mitchell delves into why North Carolina ranks last in per capita subscribers to a broadband connection. The state, through its legislature, is held hostage by large providers such as Time Warner, CenturyLink, and AT&T. David Hoyle, a retired Senator who admitted pushing bills written by Time… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 4, 2013

To Celebrate Our Independence Day, Let’s Reclaim Our Independence

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/celebrate-our-independence-day-lets-reclaim-our-independence

On the day that celebrates our Independence as a nation, I encourage you to consider how we can declare independence as a people from the corruption of our nation, specifically the corruption of a few very powerful people and corporations of our republic. Larry Lessig offers a perspective below in a popular TED Talk. This… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 3, 2013

Evanston, Illinois, to Dabble in Community Owned Connectivity

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/evanston-illinois-dabble-community-owned-connectivity

Evanston, Illinois, home to Northwestern University, has decided to expand its fiber network in a new project to connect residents and businesses in a targeted area. In 2012, the city and NU joined forces to apply for an Illinois Gigabit Community grant and the pair won the award this past January. Together, the entities won… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 2, 2013

Consultant Argues Never Used Financing Mechanism Also Won’t Work in Palo Alto

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/consultant-argues-never-used-financing-mechanism-also-wont-work-palo-alto

I was troubled to see Broadband Communities publish an odd and misleading story about Palo Alto in the May-June issue [pdf]. Authored by Stephen Blum of Tellus Venture Associates, a consultant that has been hired by Palo Alto in the past, it showed a remarkable level of ignorance about community owned fiber networks and broadband… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 2, 2013

Waverly Waits 13 Years to Build Fiber Network – Community Broadband Bits Episode #53

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/waverly-waits-13-years-build-fiber-network-community-broadband-bits-episode-53

Waverly, a town of 10,000 in Iowa, decided to create a city owned telecommunications utility with a successful referendum vote in 2000 but has only recently decided to move forward with a major investment to offer services. Mike Litterer, Interim General Manager of Waverly Light and Power, joins us to discuss the project. Following the… Continue reading