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Upcoming Colorado Referendums to Reclaim Local Authority

Upcoming Colorado Referendums to Reclaim Local Authority

Lisa Gonzalez

August 14, 2018

Local fall referendums are still a few months away, but at least four additional Colorado communities have decided to put local broadband au... READ MORE


Utah Internet Service Highlighted in Promo Video

Utah Internet Service Highlighted in Promo Video

Hannah Rank

August 13, 2018

Spanish Fork, Utah, was recently highlighted in a promotional video touting the successes of its municipal Internet service. The video, prod... READ MORE


How Cheap is 100% Renewable Electricity? Really Really.

How Cheap is 100% Renewable Electricity? Really Really.

John Farrell

August 10, 2018

Bottom line: in nearly 40 states, renewable electricity is less expensive than the existing power supply.... READ MORE


Bill Limits Internet Funding Options in Massachusetts

Bill Limits Internet Funding Options in Massachusetts

Lisa Gonzalez

August 10, 2018

Lobbyists from the cable and telecom industry succeeded in using the legislature to firm up their rural Massachusetts monopolies this sessio... READ MORE


Local Storage is Changing the Decision Making Power of the Energy System (Episode 52)

Local Storage is Changing the Decision Making Power of the Energy System (Episode 52)

Hibba Meraay

August 9, 2018

In this episode of Building Local Power, host Nick Stumo-Langer sits down with Energy Democracy initiative director John Farrell to discuss ... READ MORE


EDITOR'S PICKS

Why Care about Independent, Locally Owned Businesses?

Why Care about Independent, Locally Owned Businesses?

Marie Donahue

July 23, 2018

Locally owned businesses play a central role in healthy communities and are among the best engines that cities and towns have for advancing ... READ MORE


As Amazon Moves to Capture Local Government Spending, Here’s What You Can Do

As Amazon Moves to Capture Local Government Spending, Here's What You Can Do

Olivia LaVecchia

July 10, 2018

A recent contract opens the way for billions of dollars in local government spending to shift to Amazon. The good news is that, for concerne... READ MORE


Yes! In My Backyard: A Home Composting Guide for Local Government

Yes! In My Backyard: A Home Composting Guide for Local Government

Brenda Platt

May 22, 2018

The report, Yes! In My Backyard: A Home Composting Guide for Local Governments, profiles 11 home composting programs (10 in the United State... READ MORE


Losing Net Neutrality will Harm Rural America, ILSR Broadband Expert featured in Bernie Sanders video

Losing Net Neutrality will Harm Rural America, ILSR Broadband Expert featured in Bernie Sanders video

Nick Stumo-Langer

May 16, 2018

The United States Senate is gearing up to vote on a resolution to repeal the roll back of network neutrality protections by the Federal Comm... READ MORE


Washington, D.C. Home Composting Bill Unanimously Passes City Council

Washington, D.C. Home Composting Bill Unanimously Passes City Council

Brenda Platt

May 2, 2018

On May 1, 2018, Bill B22-0501 – Home Composting Incentives Amendment Act of 2018 unanimously passed the D.C. City Council. ILSR has supporte... READ MORE


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Since 1974, ILSR has championed local self-reliance, a strategy that underscores the need for humanly scaled institutions and economies and the widest possible distribution of ownership. Through our work across the economy, we seek to empower communities to take charge of their own future.