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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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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jun 3, 2016

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

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

The Nation –  June 3, 2016 Downtown Chattanooga looks like a lot of post-industrial cities: wide streets, a mix of old brick buildings and uninspired 60s-era brutalism. Except there’s something here that many small downtowns do without these days: people. And many of them are here not just for the usual accouterments of your average… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under General | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on May 3, 2016

Press Release: ILSR Celebrates 42 Years

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-ilsr-celebrates-42-years/

On May 1st, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) celebrated its 42nd birthday by giving ourselves a present: a new video explaining our approach. Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under General | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 20, 2016

Press Release: Skyrocketing Rents Threaten Independent Businesses, New Report Explores Solutions

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

The cost of leasing commercial space is soaring in many cities, threatening the future of independent businesses, finds a report released today from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. The report examines what’s causing commercial rents to skyrocket and explores six broad policy strategies that elected officials and community leaders are proposing to address it. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 18, 2016

RS Fiber: Fertile Fields for new Rural Internet Cooperative

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/report-mn-rural-fiber/

21ST CENTURY FARMS REQUIRE 21ST CENTURY CONNECTIVITY. Denied Access by telephone and cable companies, they created a new model. Winthrop, MN — A new trend is emerging in rural communities throughout the United States: Fiber-to-the-Farm. Tired of waiting for real Internet access from big companies, farmers are building it themselves. Communities in and around Minnesota’s… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 8, 2016

Local Media Covers The MN “Donut Hole” Phenomenon: Video, Editorial

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/42642-2/

As Minnesota’s Legislature decides on funding for the state’s Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program, local media is calling on state leaders to prioritize local connectivity in the Capitol Chambers. This year, Governor Dayton’s office is recommending allocating $100 million to the program. Continue reading

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Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 18, 2016

Activists Win The Day: Huge Grassroots Victory Over Curtis Bay Incinerator

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/activists-win-the-day-huge-grassroots-victory-over-curtis-bay-incinerator/

The best way to defeat proposed incinerators has proven itself once again: community organizing. The Maryland State Department of the Environment pulled the permit on the proposed 4,000 ton per day incinerator to be built in the long suffering industrial communities of Curtis Bay-Brooklyn on the Fairfield Peninsula in south Baltimore. Curtis Bay and Brooklyn… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Mar 4, 2016

FLOTUS Tours ILSR Staff Member’s Backyard Garden

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/flotus-tours-ilsr-staff-members-backyard-garden/

After visiting D.C.-area schools, Mrs. Obama visited the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Waste to Wealth initiative Project Manager Linda Bilsens at her home to laud the community garden they have cultivated in their yard. Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under General | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Mar 1, 2016

Common Dreams: With 269 Stores Closing, Is this the Beginning of the End for Walmart?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/269-walmart-stores-closing-ilsr-news-room/

Common Dreams, February 27, 2016 by Stacy Mitchell All great empires eventually fall. This is as true in retail as it is in geopolitics. Often the descent into oblivion takes decades. A&P, which was once such a formidable market power that it was the subject of antitrust hearings in Congress, began to falter in the… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 26, 2016

Campaign Finance Questions Arise Over Controversial Internet Bill

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/campaign-finance-questions-arise-over-controversial-internet-bill/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 26, 2016 CONTACT: Rebecca Toews, rebecca@ILSR.org, (612)808-0689  Campaign Finance Questions Arise Over Controversial Internet Bill After cutting a sizable donation to the Missouri Republican Party, AT&T’s bill to limit broadband competition from community networks is moving through the house. Just months after AT&T cut a $20,000 check to the House Republican Campaign Committee, Representative Lyndall… Continue reading

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 22, 2016

Google Fiber’s Dark Fiber Announcement Will Change How Cities Build Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/google-fibers-dark-fiber-announcement-will-change-how-cities-build-networks/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 22, 2016 CONTACT: Rebecca Toews, rebecca@ILSR.org, (612)808-0689  Google Fiber’s Dark Fiber Announcement Will Change How Cities Build Networks This morning, Huntsville, Alabama put a nail in the coffin of telephone and cable monopolies. The city is building a dark fiber network for any ISP to use– and Google Fiber was the first… Continue reading