Motherboard Covers ILSR’s Broadband Monopolies Report

Date: 7 Aug 2018 | posted in: Media Coverage | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Motherboard Vice covers our latest report on Internet access. The report details why millions of Americans have no good option for high-quality Internet access, despite government subsidies. Karl Bode, spoke with Christopher Mitchell, the director for the Community Broadband Networks initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, for his perspective on what communities can do.… Read More

Energy Democracy Media Roundup — Week of August 6, 2018

Date: 7 Aug 2018 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week in Energy Democracy news: Renewable energy now provides more electricity than nuclear power in over half of the U.S. Community solar is fueling the renewable energy revolution, helping bridge the renewables accessibility gap for those who lack access to rooftop solar. Also, states vow to fight back against Trump’s proposal to weaken fuel efficiency standards. In Maine, towns are adopting solar despite a resistant governor. In Massachusetts, an energy bill passes but fails to lift net metering caps. Plus, New York regulators make plans to increase solar subsidies.… Read More

Release: How Big Cable and Telephone Monopolies Have Carved Up the Country

Date: 31 Jul 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Despite receiving billions in federal funding to help rural Americans access the internet, the biggest telecom companies have focused investment on urban areas, leaving rural communities with DSL that the cannot meet the Federal Communication Commission’s broadband definition. In the latest policy brief, the Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR) mapped out broadband availability by six of the largest Internet Service Providers (ISPs): Comcast, Charter, AT&T, CenturyLink, Frontier, and Verizon. The resulting maps and analysis illustrate where broadband service is available across the U.S. from each of the six ISPs and where each faces competition.… Read More

Energy Democracy Media Roundup — Week of July 23, 2018

Date: 24 Jul 2018 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week in Energy Democracy news: All over the U.S. utilities are facing increased energy competition thanks to cheaper renewable alternatives including solar and storage options. Consequently, Utility companies in the midwest are struggling to get new gas plants approved. More on this in John Farrell’s new Solar+Storage Report. In South Carolina, legislators and regulators scramble to find a way forward as residents hit the net metering cap. In New England, states are re-examining subsidies to clean energy and net metering all together.… Read More

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