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We have experts available to explain public policy details and provide a perspective not normally found in mainstream discussions.   If you have a general question or want to arrange an interview please contact Rebecca Toews in our Minneapolis office at rebecca@ilsr.org or call 612-808-0689

 

ILSR News Releases and Selected Media Coverage

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ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 24, 2015

Your City Is Going To Be Able To Build Its Own Broadband And Blow Evil Cable Companies Away

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/city-build-broadband-blow-evil-cable-companies/

Fast Company, February 20, 2015 Comcast, Verizon, AT&T: Watch out. In order to increase competition and expand high-speed Internet access to areas without, the Federal Communications Commission is set to vote next week to support the rights of cities to create their own fiber networks. Hundreds of communities have already built their own public broadband infrastructure… 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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Featured 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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ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 10, 2015

Community Broadband Networks Press Packet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/community-networks-press-packet/

At MuniNetworks.org, we provide resources that support local authority for broadband networks that are directly accountable to the communities they serve. As more community leaders realize the economic benefits of faster, more reliable Internet services, they are pursuing local control of connectivity through public ownership, cooperative models, and other nonprofit approaches. The vast majority of… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jan 20, 2015

ILSR’s Research Serves as Backbone For White House Community Broadband Action

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/ilsrs-research-serves-backbone-white-house-community-broadband-action/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Minnesota Organization’s Research Serves as Backbone For White House Community Broadband Action ILSR.org was instrumental in providing information, context and support to the administration ahead of their community broadband announcement this week.   Minneapolis, MN – The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), a Minnesota-based non-profit organization, has a lot to be proud of… Continue reading

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 15, 2015

National Press Follows President Obama to Cedar Falls, Iowa

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/national-press-president-obama-cedar-falls-iowa/

On January 14th, President Obama visited Cedar Falls, Iowa, to share his strategy to expand high-speed connectivity to more Americans, encourage competition, and galvanize economic development. Obama’s plan centers around community networks and he announced that the next step will be eliminating barriers in 19 states that usurp local authority to invest in publicly owned… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 14, 2015

President Obama Speaks Against Barriers to Community Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/president-obama-speaks-barriers-community-networks/

When we started to hear rumors that the White House was investigating community owned networks, we were excited but not sure what to expect. I have to admit that seeing President Obama – the President of the United States – saying that Cedar Falls was smart to invest in themselves was much more powerful than… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Stop Incineration | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Nov 21, 2014

Maryland Counties Scrap Waste-to-Energy Project

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/maryland-counties-scrap-waste-to-energy-project/

Organized citizens and small business owners in Carroll and Frederick Counties, MD just completed a 10-year battle to stop the implementation of a 1,500 ton per day mass burn garbage incinerator facility. The effort brought out the best in local activism: careful analysis of the contract and its financial implications, sophisticated use  of media, many… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Nov 20, 2014

New Report Reveals Walmart’s Heavy Dependency on Coal-Fired Electricity, Undermining Company’s Pledge to Be an Environmental Leader

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/walmarts-dirty-energy-secret-release/

As a growing group of environmental leaders call on Walmart to stop greenwashing and commit to real sustainability, a new study from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance finds that Walmart is one of the nation’s largest users of coal-fired electricity, and that its heavy reliance on dirty power pumps nearly 8 million metric tons of carbon pollution into the air each year. Continue reading

Article filed under Energy | Written by Lizzi Whittlesey | No Comments | Updated on Nov 19, 2014

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – November 17, 2014

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/democratic-energy-media-roundup-november-17-2014/

Various Sources, November 17, 2014 This week in democratic energy, media reports discussed the state of solar across the country, a new battery prototype for wind and solar power, and more. John Farrell, Director of ILSR’s Democratic Energy initiative, was quoted in the Midwest Energy News article, “In Minnesota, community solar market starting to take… Continue reading