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ILSR Press Room

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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

Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under General | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Apr 19, 2017

Press Release: Walmart’s Climate Pollution Grows as It Scales Back Renewable Power

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-walmart-climate-2017/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday April 19th, 2017 CONTACT: Nick Stumo-Langer, stumolanger@ilsr.org, 612-844-1330 Walmart’s Climate Pollution Grows as It Scales Back Renewable Power More than a decade after Walmart pledged to become an environmental leader, the company’s climate emissions continue to rise, according to data released today by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR). ILSR found that… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 16, 2017

Municipal Broadband Expertise Drives Coverage Of Tennessee Broadband Bill

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ilsr-expertise-drives-coverage-of-tn-broadband-bill/

Various Outlets – April 11th, 2017 through April 14th, 2017 When state legislators in Tennessee recently passed the Broadband Accessibility Act of 2017, tech writers quoted our Christopher Mitchell, who pointed out that the proposal has some serious pitfalls. Christopher’s statement appeared in several articles: “Tennessee taxpayers may subsidize AT&T to build DSL service to Chattanooga’s… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Apr 12, 2017

Commentary: Mull Xcel Energy’s Partnership Offer Carefully, Boulder

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/commentary-mull-xcel-energys-partnership-offer-carefully-boulder/

Boulder Daily Camera – April 12, 2017 By John Farrell Municipalization comes with many challenges, but I have a few words of advice for Boulder’s city leaders about their utility’s latest offer. I’m no stranger to the struggle with Xcel for cleaner energy. At the invitation of local advocates, I came to Boulder in 2011… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Apr 12, 2017

Tennessee Could Give Taxpayers America’s Fastest Internet For Free, But It Will Give Comcast and AT&T $45 Million Instead

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/tennessee-could-give-taxpayers-americas-fastest-internet-for-free-but-it-will-give-comcast-and-att-45-million-instead/

Motherboard Vice – April 12, 2017 By Jason Koebler “Tennessee will literally be paying AT&T to provide a service 1000 times slower than what Chattanooga could provide without subsidies.” Chattanooga, Tennessee has the fastest, most affordable internet in the United States. Many of the rural areas surrounding it have dial up, satellite, or no internet at… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Apr 11, 2017

Most Americans want to let cities build and sell homegrown Internet service

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/h-most-americans-want-to-let-cities-build-and-sell-homegrown-internet-service/

Washington Post – April 11, 2017 By Brian Fung With Internet providers ranking near the bottom of customer satisfaction surveys, 7 in 10 Americans say their towns or communities should be allowed to build new Internet networks that compete with large, established providers, according to new data from the Pew Research Center. The latest findings… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Composting, Mid-Atlantic Recycling & Economic Development, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Apr 7, 2017

ILSR outlines strategies for new recycling economy in Baltimore

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ilsr-outlines-strategies-for-new-recycling-economy-in-baltimore/

Waste Dive – April 7, 2017 By Cole Rosengren Dive Brief: Recently elected Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh is looking for ways to double the city’s diversion rate. The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) has released a new report outlining a host of strategies that it says could help achieve that goal while also creating upward of… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Apr 3, 2017

Minnesota Passes New Privacy Rules in Wake of Congress Vote

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/minnesota-passes-new-privacy-rules-in-wake-of-congress-vote/

DSL Reports – April 3, 2017 By Karl Bode Minnesota’s state Senate has week voted 66-1 to pass its own new broadband privacy protections in the wake of Congress’ decision to sell consumers out on privacy. Senator Ron Latz introduced a privacy amendment to the Minnesota Senate’s economic development budget bill, insisting the effort was… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Apr 2, 2017

LanCity Connect: Lancaster’s municipal broadband is the first of its kind in Pennsylvania

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/lancity-connect-lancasters-municipal-broadband-is-the-first-of-its-kind-in-pennsylvania/

Lancaster Online – April 2, 2017 By Tim Stuhldreher In mid-January, The Candy Factory in Lancaster joined the early adopter program for LanCity Connect, the fiber-optic broadband network being built for the city by MAW Communications. Previously, the co-working venue on North Queen Street got its internet service from Comcast, but “we were having nothing… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Apr 2, 2017

Ten Thousand Villages Cleveland Heights store closing; 30% off starts April 4

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ten-thousand-villages-cleveland-heights-store-closing-30-off-starts-april-4/

Cleveland Plain Dealer – April 2, 2017 By Janet H. Cho CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — Starting Tuesday, Ten Thousand Villages fair-trade store in Cleveland Heights will say farewell after 14 years in business. Everything in the store will be marked 30 percent off, while supplies last, including the furniture, fixtures and display cases. Laura Potter-Sadowski, executive director… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Mar 30, 2017

Discussing the Future of Community Networks on TWiT

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/discussing-the-future-of-community-networks-on-twit/

This Week in Enterprise Tech – March 24, 2017 On March 24th, Christopher was on episode 232 of the web show “This Week in Enterprise Tech.” Christopher discussed the future of community broadband networks in the Trump era as well as shared information about the models of successful networks across the country. Christopher begins his discussion of… Continue reading