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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 13, 2015

38 Next Century Cities Leaders Sign Letter to FCC Supporting Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/38-next-century-cities-leaders-sign-letter-to-fcc-supporting-local-authority/

President Obama suggested restoring local telecommunications authority while visiting Cedar Falls in January and a number of local elected officials were ready to back him up. Leaders from 38 members of Next Century Cities recently submitted a public letter to the FCC urging commissioners to consider local autonomy as they consider the Chattanooga and Wilson,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 13, 2015

38 Next Century Cities Leaders Sign Letter to FCC Supporting Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/38-next-century-cities-leaders-sign-letter-to-fcc-supporting-local-authority-2/

President Obama suggested restoring local telecommunications authority while visiting Cedar Falls in January and a number of local elected officials were ready to back him up. Leaders from 38 members of Next Century Cities recently submitted a public letter to the FCC urging commissioners to consider local autonomy as they consider the Chattanooga and Wilson,… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Young Activist Club | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 12, 2015

Takoma Park Students to Host “Love the Earth, Don’t Trash it” Victory Celebration

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/yac-love-the-earth-dont-trash-it/

VICTORY! Over the last 6 years, the Takoma Park Young Activist Club has been campaigning to get toxic styrofoam lunch trays out of Piney Branch Elementary School. While MCPS and the Board of Education rejected the proposal for their single school dishwasher project, as of September 2014 MCPS did replace all styrofoam trays systemwide with paperboard trays. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 12, 2015

Time Warner Cable Successfully Blocks Funds for Community Network in Maine; Project to Continue

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/time-warner-cable-successfully-blocks-funds-for-community-network-in-maine-project-to-continue-2/

Time Warner Cable recently fought to prevent a collaborative project in Maine from receiving $125,000 in state broadband funding, reported the Bangor Daily News.  We reported in December that Old Town, Orono, the University of Maine, and GWI had been awarded ConnectME funds. The collaborators earmarked the funding for a stretch of about 4 miles of fiber… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 12, 2015

Time Warner Cable Successfully Blocks Funds for Community Network in Maine; Project to Continue

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/time-warner-cable-successfully-blocks-funds-for-community-network-in-maine-project-to-continue-5/

Time Warner Cable recently fought to prevent a collaborative project in Maine from receiving $125,000 in state broadband funding, reported the Bangor Daily News.  We reported in December that Old Town, Orono, the University of Maine, and GWI had been awarded ConnectME funds. The collaborators earmarked the funding for a stretch of about 4 miles of fiber… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 11, 2015

Minnesota Border to Border Broadband Awards Announced

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/minnesota-border-to-border-broadband-awards-announced/

The Minnesota Office of Broadband Development recently announced the recipients of the Border to Border Broadband grants, funding established by the state legislature in 2014 to facilitate rural broadband projects. Seventeen public and private entities will share a total of $19.4 million in Greater Minnesota. According the the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) press release,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 11, 2015

Minnesota Border to Border Broadband Awards Announced

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/minnesota-border-to-border-broadband-awards-announced-2/

The Minnesota Office of Broadband Development recently announced the recipients of the Border to Border Broadband grants, funding established by the state legislature in 2014 to facilitate rural broadband projects. Seventeen public and private entities will share a total of $19.4 million in Greater Minnesota. According the the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) press release,… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Feb 11, 2015

Buoyed by Public Support, Independent Businesses Report Strong Sales Growth, National Survey Finds

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/2015-independent-business-survey-independent-businesses-report-strong-sales-growth/

Independent businesses saw strong sales growth in 2014 as more consumers embraced the “buy local” movement and ditched big companies in favor of supporting local retailers and small-scale producers, according to a large national survey released today. Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 11, 2015

How and Why Utilities Make Solar Look Expensive

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

I’m visiting the wonderful folks from Sustainable Tucson in Arizona next week to talk about the opportunities that solar and clean energy offer their local economy. In preparation, I’m looking at their current monopoly electricity provider, Tucson Electric Power. Remarkably, the utility acquires just 4% of its electricity from renewable resources (and over 70% from… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Feb 11, 2015

Heads Up from Zero Wasters in Wales, and the Zero Waste International Trust, Plasnewydd, Wales, UK

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/heads-wasters-wales-waste-international-trust-plasnewydd-wales-uk/

Mal Williams, director of the Zero Waste International Trust, alerts us to some good news from the UK by forwarding the recent government report on just how much potential there is in the Zero Waste world for wealth creation and sustainable jobs, “Resource Management: A Catalyst for Growth and Productivity,” UK Department for Environment, Food… Continue reading