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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Mar 11, 2013

Coming to a curb near you: Compost collection

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/curbside-compost-collection-coming/

Washington Post, March 11, 2013 Richard Vitullo has seen the future of trash, and it is moldering under his kitchen sink. Eggshell by eggshell, the Takoma Park architect is training himself to bypass the garbage pail and drop food scraps into the new screw-top bucket squeezed in beside the dish soap and sponges. Once a… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under General | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Mar 11, 2013

Institute for Local Self-Reliance Welcomes New Director of Strategy and Development

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/institute-local-self-reliance-welcomes-director-strategy-development/

WASHINGTON, DC (March 11, 2013) – The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) is pleased to announce that Nicola M. Chin (nee Wells) has joined the organization as its new Director of Strategy and Development. Chin will oversee ILSR’s fundraising and strategic planning. “We are delighted to bring Nicola on board,” said ILSR President Neil Seldman…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 10, 2013

Muni Broadband: Why Not in San Francisco?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/muni-broadband-why-not-san-francisco

Tim Redmond of the San Francisco Bay Guardian asks why publicly owned networks have worked in so many places but is not being seriously considered in San Francisco: Then sit back and ask yourself why you’re paying so much money every month for the rotten service you get from Comcast and AT&T. Ask your friends,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 9, 2013

U.S. Representative Congratulates Iowa Community for Muni Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/us-representative-congratulates-iowa-community-muni-network

Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA), recently recognized the city of Indianola on the US House Floor to recognize the community’s municipal network. On February 15th, he spoke to the body about Indianola’s recent certification as Connected by Connected Nation and Connected Iowa. From his recognition speech, as reported on CapitolWords from the Sunlight Foundation: Mr. Speaker,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 8, 2013

Georgia Bill to Limit Internet Investment Dies on House Floor

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/georgia-bill-limit-internet-investment-dies-house-floor

We’ve been writing about Georgia’s HB 282 for weeks, discussing the likely impact from limiting who can build Internet networks in communities that have the most basic Internet connections. When the bill finally hit the House Floor, it failed in a bipartisan vote of 70 ayes to 94 nays. Many groups helped to educate the… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Mar 7, 2013

Randy Caviness and Community Wind in Iowa: Episode 4 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/randy-caveniss-community-wind-iowa-episode-4-local-energy-rules-podcast/

This week, John Farrell and Wade Underwood talk community wind power with Randy Caviness, an Iowa farmer and member of Green Energy Farmers.  Working with over 180 investors in the local community, Randy helped build eight utility-scale wind turbines with community ownership, providing clean, local power to municipal and rural electric utilities in southwestern Iowa…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 7, 2013

Carl Junction, Missouri, Plans Community Owned Fiber Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/carl-junction-missouri-plans-community-owned-fiber-network

Carl Junction, Missouri, is moving ahead with plans to build a fiber network. Steve Lawver, City Administrator, tells us that funding for the $5.2 – $5.6 million project will most likely come through a lease program from the Missouri Public Utility Alliance (MPUA). Lawver tells us that funding will involve private placement non-taxable bonds, available… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 6, 2013

CBS Atlanta Asks Tough Questions of Georgia Anti-Community Broadband Bill

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/cbs-atlanta-asks-tough-questions-georgia-anti-community-broadband-bill

We finally see television news outlets asking the tough questions of bill pushed by powerful cable and telephone companies to prevent giving residents a real choice in cable and Internet service providers. We been covering this Georgia bill closely, and were glad to see this segment: CBS Atlanta 46 The segment makes an error in… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 6, 2013

New Hampshire Legislation Would Spur Internet Network Investment

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/new-hampshire-legislation-would-spur-internet-network-investment

New Hamsphire FastRoads is making significant strides in connecting residents, businesses, and community anchor institutions in the southwestern section of the state. FastRoads is funded by a combination of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grants, private donations, and funds from local communities. While the network is certainly making progress and scheduled for completion this… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 6, 2013

“The Monopoly Magnate”

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

ILSR is following HB 282, restrictive legislation moving through the Georgia General Assembly. The bill would effectively end the ability for existing networks to expand. Communities considering investing in their own telecommunications networks would face almost insurmountable financial and practical hurdles. As the bill is heavily lobbied by incumbent telecom giants, local leaders make the… Continue reading