This Spring, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance is looking to continue to fill out its dynamic team and advance the work of supporting local economies. We are looking to replace two of our full-time staff positions as some current staffers leave for graduate school. See the details for our Communications Manager position and our Community Broadband Networks initiative research associate, below. We are also looking to fill a part-time (to possibly full-time) Community Broadband Networks initiative policy and mapping intern position.… Read More
From Whole Foods to cloud computing to manufacturing commonly bought household goods, Amazon is everywhere in our economy. This article from The Guardian from Olivia Solon and Julia Carrie Wong details the reality of the e-commerce company’s domination. For their story Solon and Wong reached out to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s co-director and Community-Scaled Economy initiative director Stacy Mitchell for her perspective on the subject. … Read More
Mark Howell, the Chief Information Officer for the town of Concord, Massachusetts wrote an article for The Washington Post, detailing the steps that his community has taken to reclaim their authority over Internet access and the cast threat posed by the repeal of net neutrality. In his piece, he cites our comprehensive Community Networks Map to detail the investments that hundreds of communities have taken to improve their Internet access.… Read More
In an update to municipal recycling, “The Kojo Nnamdi Show” broadcast from WAMU out of Washington D.C. reached out to Neil Seldman, the co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, to detail what has changed in the metro area and the challenges to this vital infrastructure. Seldman details the economic development benefits of local recycling and advocates for greater infrastructure investment.… Read More
Fairlawn, Ohio’s Fairlawn Gig is a great example of a municipal broadband project that is connecting it’s community to high-speed, affordable Internet access. Andrea Fox of the EfficientGov blog heard about our coverage of Fairlawn Gig and decided to write a story about their success.Her story includes a quotation from the Community Broadband Bits podcast episode where ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative director Christopher Mitchell interviewed deputy director Ernie Staten.… Read More
As we’ve documented countless times since the release of our electric vehicle report last year, these EVs are going to change the relationship that customers have with the electricity grid. Andy Balaskovitz, writing for Ensia Magazine, details the coming changes to the grid and how folks of all income levels and ownership statuses can benefit from the new technology.
For his story, Balaskovitz interviewed John Farrell, the director of the Energy Democracy initiative.… Read More
Experts Stacy Mitchell, Christopher Mitchell, and John Farrell discuss the impact that concentrated economic power has in state legislatures in topics as wide-ranging as high-speed broadband access, electric utilities, and Facebook’s recent Congressional foibles.… Read More
In this story for Circa, reporter Fernando Hurtado details the rent increase for small businesses in a number of different metro areas, including in California areas. In his reporting, Hurtado cites our affordable space report to provide some numbers for the trend.… Read More
In mid-April, ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative director Christopher Mitchell, took a trip to Boulder, Colorado to speak at a conference hosted by the University of Colorado at Boulder as well as a community event called Boulder, Broadband, & Beers.
When he traveled there, Mitchell was also interviewed by KGNU on the benefits of community broadband. You can listen to the audio stream and read the article on the host page.… Read More