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We have experts available to explain public policy details and provide a perspective not normally found in mainstream discussions.

If you have a general question or want to arrange an interview please contact ILSR Communications Manager, Nick Stumo-Langer at stumolanger@ilsr.org or call 612-844-1330.

ILSR News Releases and Selected Media Coverage

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 13, 2018

HuffPost Article Discusses Crumbling Infrastructure and Municipal Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/huffpost-article-discusses-crumbling-infrastructure-and-municipal-broadband/

The HuffPost’s Lyndsey Gilpin details how, despite the prevalence of magical thinking from the Trump administration as it comes to privatizing public infrastructure, local communities are looking to take control of their own futures.

For her story, Gilpin reached out to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Community Broadband Networks initiative director Christopher Mitchell to get a perspective on public broadband infrastructure and how it relates to the issue of infrastructure broadly. Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 12, 2018

Marketplace Features ILSR Co-Director on Community Composting Entrepreneurship

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/marketplace-features-ilsr-co-director-on-community-composting-entrepreneurship/

In the News: Brenda Platt February 12th, 2018 Media Outlet: Marketplace New Hampshire Public Radio’s Britta Greene was interested in telling the story of community composters and the entrepreneurs that are taking advantage of these valuable resources that many across America are throwing away. For her story, Greene reached out to Institute for Local Self-Reliance Co-Director and… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband, Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 6, 2018

ILSR’s Work to Create Vibrant Local Economies Referenced in AlterNet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ilsrs-work-to-create-vibrant-local-economies-referenced-in-alternet/

Independent journalist Valerie Vande Panne is interested in the concept of a “smart city”, what makes a city “smart”, and the ideas behind this designation. For her investigation, Panne turned to two of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s experts to answer her questions about smart cities and about the value of vibrant local economies.

Here are Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Community Broadband Networks initiative director Christopher Mitchell’s and Community Scaled Economy research associate Olivia LaVecchia’s contributions. Continue reading

Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 5, 2018

Press Release: Over 750 communities have a community network, according to new ILSR map update

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-over-750-communities-have-a-community-network-according-to-new-ilsr-map-update/

Date: January 23rd, 2018 Updated Community Networks Map Now Includes over 750 Communities The Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s map details the communities that are making investments in better connectivity MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. — Communities are playing a growing role in connecting their residents and businesses to high-quality broadband access. However, with the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality protections looking… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 1, 2018

The Atlantic Offers Insight on Amazon’s Impact on Poor Cities, Quoting ILSR Experts

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-atlantic-offers-insight-on-amazons-impact-on-poor-cities-quoting-ilsr-experts/

The Atlantic staff writer Alana Semuels delves deep into a trend that most of the media is ignoring when it comes to online retail giant Amazon; what their physical infrastructure means for the poor communities it locates its fulfillment centers and warehouses.

In the constant firehose of information on what Amazon is doing to our economy, it can be hard to know what to read and take in. The Institute for Local Self-Reliance recommends this piece from Semuels to get a good sense of just what this giant is doing to communities across the country. For this story, Semuels dives deep into the experience of San Bernardino, California and what Amazon’s warehouses do to the warehouse job environment. Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 24, 2018

MuniNetworks’ Community Network Map Cited in Local California News Story

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/muninetworks-community-network-map-cited-in-local-california-news-story/

In our most recent update to our Community Networks Map, a number of media outlets covered the fact that over 750 communities have invested in some kind of Internet infrastructure. Local ABC affiliate KXTV in Sacramento covered the update as a part of their news story on nearby Truckee, California. Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 23, 2018

Montana Governor’s Net Neutrality Guarantee Covered by Associated Press, Quotes ILSR

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/montana-governors-net-neutrality-guarantee-covered-by-associated-press-quotes-ilsr/

In the News: Christopher Mitchell January 22nd, 2018 Media Outlet: Associated Press Cities and states across the country are angry at the Federal Communications Commission’s plan to repeal net neutrality protections guaranteeing Americans access to an Internet unthrottled by giant Internet companies. So, when Montana’s Governor Steve Bullock (D) delivered an order “to bar telecommunications companies from receiving… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 23, 2018

Motherboard Vice Covers MuniNetworks Update to Community Power Map

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/motherboard-vice-covers-muninetworks-update-to-community-power-map/

In our most recent update to our Community Networks Map, a number of media outlets covered the fact that over 750 communities have invested in some kind of Internet infrastructure. Motherboard Vice’s Karl Bode took notice of our update and covered it for his outlet. He quoted from our press release in his coverage and pointed out the myriad benefits of municipal networks and electric cooperatives’ investment in Internet infrastructure. Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 15, 2018

Alternet Details the Rise in Municipal Broadband Networks, Interviews ILSR Expert

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/alternet-details-the-rise-in-municipal-broadband-networks-interviews-ilsr-expert/

In the News: Christopher Mitchell January 15th, 2018 Media Outlet: Alternet Cities and states across the country are angry at the Federal Communications Commission’s plan to repeal net neutrality protections guaranteeing Americans access to an Internet unthrottled by giant Internet companies. This decision comes on the heels of a massively important vote held by Fort Collins to change their… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 12, 2018

Telecompetitor Covers Harvard Municipal Broadband Pricing Study, Cites ILSR Influence

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/telecompetitor-covers-harvard-municipal-broadband-pricing-study-cites-ilsr-influence/

In the News: Christopher Mitchell January 12th, 2018 Media Outlet: Telecompetitor Recently, Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society released a study detailing the pricing in municipal broadband networks versus large-scale Internet service providers. Joan Engebretson of Telecompetitor took up the story to dig into the findings of the study that munis are more competitive… Continue reading