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

UC2B in Urbana-Champaign Tackles Digital Divide With Network Revenue

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/uc2b-urbana-champaign-tackles-digital-divide-network-revenue

The UC2B project broke ground in the fall of 2011 and is a joint effort by the cities of Urbana and Champaign and the University of Illinois. The project is funded with a $22.5 million federal stimulus grant, a $3 million grant from the state of Illinois, and a list of other grants from local agencies. From… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 5, 2013

Utility “Gets Ready” for More Local Energy in Hawai’i

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/utility-action-means-local-energy-hawaii/

Hawai’an solar advocates are celebrating this week after the island state’s largest utility, Hawai’ian Electric (HECO) filed a plan with the public utility commission to take a “proactive approach” to adding more distributed solar to their grid system. Utilities across the country typically use “conservative blanket limits” on the amount of renewable energy allowed on… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Feb 5, 2013

MD Seminar on Compost BMPs for Watershed Protection

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/md-seminar-compost-bmps-watershed-protection/

Tools exist that can remove up to 96% of stormwater pollutants. Are you interested? Attend this FREE seminar on March 5, 2013, to learn how compost-based BMPs can dramatically reduce sediment and targeted pollutants entering the Chesapeake Bay. ILSR has partnered with local watershed and organizations to sponsor this event. Scientists from Filtrexx International and… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 5, 2013

The Five Fundamentals for Future Telecommunications – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #32

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/five-fundamentals-future-telecommunications-community-broadband-bits-podcast-32

Harold Feld, Senior Vice President of Public Knowledge, is back on Community Broadband Bits to discuss five fundamental rules necessary to ensure we have a great telecommunications system that benefits everyone. Harold first appeared on our show in episode 23. Harold explains the Five Fundamentals here and includes a link to their full filing [pdf]…. Continue reading

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

Chelan Public Utility District To Restore Fiber After Storm Damage

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/chelan-public-utility-district-restore-fiber-after-storm-damage

In the week before Christmas, Mother Nature sent a powerful winter storm to Chelan County in Washington. Hundreds of trees along the south shore of Lake Wenatchee came down, causing extensive electrical and fiber outages. According to the Chelan PUD, most electrical customers have had power restored, but Internet, phone, and TV services dependent on… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 4, 2013

Christopher Mitchell Interviewed For streets.mn Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/christopher-mitchell-interviewed-streets-mn-podcast/

Christopher Mitchell was recently interviewed by Bill Lindeke from streets.mn. Bill, a PhD Candidate in Geography, published the podcast as part of the streets.mn blog. He wanted to talk to Christopher about the work at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Bill discussed fiber optic infrastructure investment in the U.S. and touched on the Minneapolis City… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 4, 2013

Franklin Municipal FiberNET Spurs Economic Development, Serves Government, in Kentucky

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/franklin-municipal-fibernet-spurs-economic-development-serves-government-kentucky

Franklin, Kentucky expects to see more positive economic growth when it launches its new fiber optic network. According to an article in the Bowling Green Daily News, the south central community is ready for the upgrade: “We are super excited about it,” said James McCaslin, associate vice president of academic affairs and director of Franklin-Simpson… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 4, 2013

Letter to the Editor: Waste Industry Should Pay a Living Wage

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/waste-industry-should-pay-living-wage/

Waste & Recycling News, February 4, 2013 John Campanelli does well to focus attention on garbage collection workers in our industry that are working difficult jobs for poverty wages (“Texas recycling death highlights wage, safety issue in the industry”). Workers along picking lines at recycling processing plants are in woeful straights as well.  In Atlanta… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 3, 2013

Composting Efforts Gain Traction Across the United States

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/composting-efforts-gain-traction-united-states/

Washington Post, February 3, 2013 Roy Derrick maneuvered his forklift with a pallet of neatly boxed expired produce and flowers and dropped it into an industrial compactor at Safeway’s cavernous return center in Upper Marlboro. As the compactor hummed, compressed food and floral scraps spilled through a chute into a 40-foot trailer, one of five… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 1, 2013

SEATOA Conference Set for March 21st-22nd

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/seatoa-conference-set-march-21st-22nd

This March 21-22, the SouthEast Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (SEATOA) will be hosting the “Networking Communities for the New South” conference. The conference will be held at the Omni Charlotte Hotel. We are excited to see Susan Crawford as the keynote speaker. From the conference page: She will provide a broadband policy reality… Continue reading