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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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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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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

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

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Nov 13, 2014

MPR’s “Daily Circuit” and KCRW’s “To the Point” invite Chris Mitchell for net neutrality conversation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/mprs-daily-circuit-kcrws-to-point-invite-chris-mitchell-net-neutrality-conversation/

“The FCC should be extremely wary of any arguments that claim paid prioritization or other discriminatory practices are necessary to increase investment in next-generation networks.” – ILSR, July 18, 2014 For months the FCC has considered comments from the public as it examines network neutrality. There have been more than 3 million submissions; a vast… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Composting | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Nov 6, 2014

Reaction to the ILSR’s 2014 Cultivating Community Composting National Forum

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/reaction-ilsrs-2014-cultivating-community-composting-national-forum/

Bike Compost, October 27, 2014 “Can distributed, community-scale composting be the predominant approach to solving the food waste problem?”  It was the question of the day at the second annual Cultivating Community Composting 2014 national forum hosted by BioCycle Magazine and the Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR). After posing this thought-experiment, ILSR co-director Brenda… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Nov 5, 2014

North Dakota Defeats Walmart-Led Effort to Overturn Pharmacy Laws

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/north-dakota-defeats-walmart-led-effort-overturn-pharmacy-laws/

Governing Magazine, November 5, 2014 North Dakota’s independent pharmacists have again beaten back an effort by Walmart and other chain stores to operate pharmacies in the state — and it wasn’t even close.  About 60 percent of voters said “no” to a measure that would have repealed a 1963 law restricting ownership of pharmacies to… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Oct 30, 2014

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – October 27, 2014

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/democratic-energy-media-roundup-october-27-2014/

This week in democratic energy, ILSR received considerable coverage in several publications. Media reports also discussed the future of utilities, the Energy Department’s significant investment in solar, and a new study examining how peer influence affects who installs solar. John Farrell, Director of ILSR’s Democratic Energy initiative, was cited in multiple articles. In Yes! Magazine,… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 22, 2014

Indie Biz Awards honor 10 in Portland – ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell Included!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/indie-biz-awards-honor-10-portland-ilsrs-stacy-mitchell-included/

Portland Press Herald, October 22, 2014 Nine independent Portland businesses and one of the founders of the buy local effort were honored Wednesday night at the annual Indie Biz Awards ceremony. Stacy Mitchell, one of the founders of the Portland Independent Business & Community Alliance, was honored with Portland Buy Local’s Beacon Award, honoring her… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 22, 2014

Wal-Mart Cheered, Jeered for Solar Power Efforts

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/wal-mart-cheered-jeered-solar-power-efforts/

Arkansas Business, October 22, 2014 No matter the situation the world’s largest retailer involves itself in, rest assured, it will be analyzed, critiqued and questioned to excruciating levels. The latest issue is solar power. Slate has a story on the Solar Energy Industries Association report on the top 25 corporations in terms of megawatts of… Continue reading