Major Media Outlets Cover 6th Circuit Decision Limiting Local Authority

Date: 15 Aug 2016 | posted in: Media Coverage, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A circuit court decision this week means the digital divide in Tennessee and North Carolina will be allowed to continue. This week, the 6th Circuit Court of appeals decided to dismiss the FCC’s decision to encourage Internet investment by restricting local authority to build competitive Internet networks.

In February, ILSR and Next Century Cities filed an Amicus Brief in support of the FCC’s position. Here is a selection of media stories which cite ILSR.… Read More

The Secrets Behind Partnerships to Improve Internet Access

Date: 14 Jul 2016 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A growing number of US cities have broken up monopoly control of the Internet marketplace locally. They’re promoting entrepreneurship, and giving residents and businesses real choice in how they connect and reach new audiences. They’ve brought a new wrinkle to an … Read More

Ammon’s Model: The Virtual End of Cable Monopolies

Date: 15 Jun 2016 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

  The city of Ammon, Idaho, is building the Internet network of the future. Households and businesses can instantly change Internet service providers using a specially-designed innovative portal. This short 20 minute video highlights how the network is saving money, … Read More

Chattanooga Was a Typical Post-Industrial City. Then It Began Offering Municipal Broadband.

Date: 3 Jun 2016 | posted in: Media Coverage, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In June of 2016, The Nation noticed just how well Chattanooga’s municipal network was doing in the realms of cost, reliability, and accessibility for all of its citizens. In this research, The Nation’s reporters reached out to ILSR’s Christopher Mitchell to get perspective on municipal networks, generally.… Read More

Watch: Mighty Microgrids Webinar Recording

Date: 28 Mar 2016 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On Tuesday, March 15th, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance hosted a webinar titled “Breaking the Macro-Barriers to Microgrids.” The webinar was led by John Farrell, the Director of ILSR’s Energy Democracy initiative and Matt Grimley, the author of ILSR’s report, Mighty Microgrids.

The webinar was broken into two parts. The first part consisted of a presentation by John Farrell introducing the structure of the microgrids and how the enable a larger shift of the grid towards energy democracy. The second part consisted of an interview between John and Matt, where Matt answered common misconceptions around microgrids as well as fielded questions from the audience.… Read More

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