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Article, Resource filed under Deconstruction, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 12, 2013

Whatcha Workin’ On, Neil Seldman? Podcast Episode 3

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/whatcha-workin-on-neal-seldman-podcast-episode-3/

Welcome to our third episode of the Whatcha Workin’ On? podcast. Lisa Gonzalez interviews Neil Seldman, Ph.D., President of ILSR and the heart and soul of our Waste to Wealth Initiative. Neil tells us about the program and describes the many concurrent projects he is handling. Dr. Seldman also outlines some upcoming work for the… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 12, 2013

Democracy Now! Segment on Community Owned Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/democracy-now-segment-community-owned-networks

Last week, Catharine Rice and I were guests on a Democracy Now! segment filmed at the Freedom to Connect conference. We discussed what community broadband is, how it has benefited communities, and how a few big cable and telephone companies are trying to stop it. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 12, 2013

Blair Levin Discusses Gig.U and More for Community Broadband Bits Episode #37

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/blair-levin-discusses-gigu-and-more-community-broadband-bits-episode-37

Blair Levin is Executive Director of Gig.U. Prior to that, he was in charge of developing the National Broadband Plan and long before that was Chief of Staff for the FCC during the Clinton Presidency. He’s had a lot of experience in telecommunications policy but here we focus on what can be done to move… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 11, 2013

PR Watch Ties ALEC to Now-Dead Bill in Georgia to Limit Internet Investment

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/pr-watch-ties-alec-now-dead-bill-georgia-limit-internet-investment

Brendan Fischer of the Center for Media and Democracy’s PR Watch examines the ties between HB 282, the people behind it, and how it evolved into a threat to connectivity and local control. Brendan gave us permission to repost the story in full here. Since authoring this story, HB 282 was defeated in Georgia in a… Continue reading

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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