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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 Rebecca Toews in our Minneapolis office at rebecca@ilsr.org or call 612-808-0689

 

ILSR News Releases and Selected Media Coverage

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Feb 10, 2016

Independent Businesses Report Growing Sales and Hiring, but Policies Tilted in Favor of Large Companies Hold Them Back

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/2016-independent-business-survey/

The 2016 Independent Business Survey finds that independent businesses experienced brisk sales and a sharp increase in hiring in 2015, but that biased policies and other obstacles are limiting their success. Continue reading

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jan 28, 2016

Open Letter Urges Xcel Energy to Adhere to Minnesota Clean Energy Commitments

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/open-letter-urges-xcel-energy-to-adhere-to-minnesota-clean-energy-commitments/

  Contact: Alice Madden Alice@communitypowermn.org 206-372-8471           To: Christopher Clark, President, Northern States Power Company – Minnesota January 26, 2016   Dear Mr. Clark, Community Power, a tireless advocate for clean, affordable, and equitable energy systems, is excited about Xcel Energy’s upcoming supplement to its Integrated Resource Plan illustrating alternatives to… Continue reading

Featured Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 21, 2016

David Morris Interviewed on KFAI’s Truth To Tell Radio Show

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/david-morris-interviewed-on-kfais-truth-to-tell-radio-show/

In 2014, on ILSR’s 40th anniversary co-founder David Morris sat down with Siobhan Kierans and Tom O’Connell, co-hosts of TruthToTell, a weekly public affairs program on KFAI radio in Minneapolis to talk about our history, our approach and our decentralist perspective.   TruthToTell Description: AIRING MONDAYS @ 9:00 a.m., TruthToTell is produced by CivicMedia/Minnesota as part… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jan 12, 2016

Newark, Del., to Study Municipal Broadband Options

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/newark-del-to-study-municipal-broadband-options/

StateTech Magazine, January 12, 2016 The city government of Newark, Del., is exploring whether it can provide high-speed broadband service to its residents at prices that would compete with commercial Internet service providers. In late December 2015, city officials hired CTC Technology and Energy, a Maryland-based technology engineering firm, to study the city’s communications infrastructure,… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Banking | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jan 9, 2016

Lawmakers must revive community banks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/lawmakers-must-revive-community-banks/

San Antonio Express News, January 9, 2016 Being a presidential election year, 2016 promises to bring much talk about many political hot topics, but not near enough talk about one of the greatest threats to our economy — the endangerment of community banks. Since the financial crisis in 2008, a bright line of distinction has… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by John Bailey | No Comments | Updated on Jan 8, 2016

How a Fiber Master Plan Is Guiding Shawnee, Kan.’s Path to Connectivity

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/how-a-fiber-master-plan-is-guiding-shawnee-kan-s-path-to-connectivity/

Government Technology, January 8, 2016 Big cities plan for growth because they have to, but when smaller cities do it, a world of opportunities opens up. Shawnee, Kan., a city of about 60,000 people just outside of Kansas City, is reaping the benefits of a fiber master plan that dates back more than a decade…. Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Energy | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 4, 2016

John Farrell Interviewed for Solar Energy Show Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/john-farrell-interviewed-for-solar-energy-show-podcast/

John Farrell was recently interviewed by Barry Cinnamon for his Solar Energy Show podcast, titled “The Path to Energy Independence.” In this conversation, John and host Barry discuss the increasing availability of distributed generation of solar energy and the ways in which electric utilities are trying to keep their customers from benefitting. John argues for a change… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by John Bailey | No Comments | Updated on Dec 27, 2015

Newark to study municipal broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/newark-to-study-municipal-broadband/

The News Journal, December 27, 2015 Newark government has asked a technology consulting firm to determine if the city can offer residents fast Internet at prices competitive with major providers. CTC Technology and Energy, a Maryland-based technology engineering firm, will be paid $69,000 to study the city’s telecommunication infrastructure and provide city officials with a… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Dec 15, 2015

Op-ed: Spanish Fork Proves Utah Law is Counter-Productive

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/op-ed-spanish-fork-proves-utah-law-is-counter-productive/

The Salt Lake Tribune published this op-ed championing local investment in Internet infrastructure on December 11, 2015.   Op-ed: Spanish Fork’s success shows municipal Internet networks work By Christopher Mitchell For nearly 10 years, large telephone and cable companies have claimed municipal Internet networks are so risky that local government authority should be restricted. But… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under General | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 11, 2015

Solar energy isn’t a baby anymore

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/solar-energy-isnt-a-baby-anymore/

The Hill, December 11, 2015 In his 1790 Report on Manufactures, Alexander Hamilton argued that America’s “infant” industries needed to be protected from competitors in Britain and France in order to achieve what we now call economies of scale. Hamilton’s report was subsequently used to justify the imposition of huge tariffs on U.S. imports, many… Continue reading