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filed under General | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 23, 2015

Los Angeles Times Supports Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/los-angeles-times-supports-local-authority

President Obama’s recent appearance in Cedar Falls infused adrenaline into the debate about local authority for telecommunications decisions. As a result, some of the media outlets from large cities are now coming out in support of local authority. The Editorial Board of the LA Times published an opinion on January 21st supporting the notion of restoring local authority in states where laws prevent community decision making.

The Times recognizes that rural areas will benefit most from reversing these restrictions, that the restrictions need to be removed for us to compete globally, and that there are numerous municipal networks that are up to the challenge of improving connectivity. The LA Times also recognizes the value of public-private partnerships in New York and in other places where local government has forged productive relationships with the private sector.

Editors at the LA Times boil it down to one tenet:

Regardless, the decision about whether a local agency should get into the broadband business should be left to the people who bear the risk — local officials and the people who elect them.

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Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jan 23, 2015

Protecting Chain Retail Workers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/rule/san-francisco-retail-workers-bill-rights/

Enacted at the end of 2014, the San Francisco Retail Workers Bill of Rights requires large retail and restaurant chains to give workers advance notice of their schedules and offer part-time employees access to more hours before hiring additional people. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 19, 2015

New Article on Economic Development and Fiber: “The Killer App for Local Fiber Networks”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/new-article-economic-development-and-fiber-killer-app-local-fiber-networks

Time and again, we share economic development stories from communities that have invested in fiber networks. A new article by Jim Baller, Joanne Hovis, and Ashley Stelfox from the Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC) and Masha Zager from Broadband Communities magazine examines the meaning of economic development and the connection to fiber infrastructure. Economists,… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jan 9, 2015

Local Voices Show Support for Local Connectivity Options

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/local-voices-show-support-local-connectivity-options/

Our readers have heard the media murmur around municipal networks steadily grow to a loud hum during the past year. An increasing number of local press outlets have taken the opportunity to express their support for municipal networks in recent months. In communities across the U.S. letters to the editor or editorial board opinions reflected… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 24, 2014

Cities in Kentucky and Massachusetts Want a Say In Comcast/Time Warner Cable Merger

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/cities-kentucky-and-massachusetts-want-say-comcasttime-warner-cable-merger

As the feds continue to evaluate the wisdom of the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger, local communities in several states are attempting to throw a wrench in the federal approval machine. In Worcester, Massachusetts, the City Council recently refused to approve the transfer of the city’s cable television license to Comcast. In order to sweet-talk the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Oct 6, 2014

Agreements with utilities would create first-of-its-kind Clean Energy Partnership

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/agreements-utilities-create-first-of-its-kind-clean-energy-partnership/

From MinneapolisMN.gov: The City of Minneapolis, Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy have reached tentative agreements that would establish a first-of-its-kind City-utility Clean Energy Partnership. If approved by the Minneapolis City Council Oct. 17, the partnership will result in the City and utility companies collaborating in new ways to help Minneapolis achieve its energy goals. These… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 6, 2014

Christopher Libertelli From Netflix Joins CLIC Board

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/christopher-libertelli-netflix-joins-clic-board

The Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC) has announced that Christopher Libertelli of Netflix has joined the Board of Advisors. Libertelli joins a group of policy leaders, including ILSR’s Chris Mitchell, to advance the rights of local communities to have authority over their own broadband decisions. From the CLIC announcement: Mr. Libertelli has been Vice… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Oct 6, 2014

REPORT: An Alternative Grid Model for Minneapolis

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/report-alternative-grid-model-minneapolis/

This short report shares the results of advanced electricity system modeling for the city of Minneapolis, revealing an opportunity to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions at a comparable cost of power and to dramatically boost renewable energy production at a modestly higher price. Download the report Executive Summary An advanced technical and economic model of… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 3, 2014

Louisiana Municipal Association Passes Resolution in Favor of Restoring Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/louisiana-municipal-association-passes-resolution-favor-restoring-local-authority

The Louisiana Municipal Association is the latest organization to officially support the FCC’s ability to restore local authority. The group represents 305 village, town, city, and parish members. Their Executive Board unanimously passed the resolution on July 30 and recently shared it with the FCC: WHEREAS, the universal availability of affordable high speed Internet access… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 3, 2014

Will Clean Local Energy Grow? A Novel City-Utility Partnership Sprouts in Minneapolis

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/grow-city-utility-partnership-sprouts-minneapolis/

Ever wonder what happened to the notion last August that the city of Minneapolis would take over its energy utilities? While it may seem like the issue vanished, next Monday the Minneapolis City Council makes a monumental decision on another way forward to a better energy future. On the table is a novel partnership between… Continue reading