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

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ILSR News Releases and Selected Media Coverage

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 21, 2017

Fast Company Covers the FCC’s Disappointing Net Neutrality Decisions, Interviews Chris Mitchell

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/fast-company-covers-the-fccs-disappointing-net-neutrality-decisions-interviews-chris-mitchell/

In the News: Christopher Mitchell November 22, 2017 Media Outlet: Fast Company Federal Communications Commission Chair Ajit Pai’s plan to dismantle net neutrality, the set of protections that keeps content flowing freely on the Internet regardless of who your service provider is, is now official. In this disappointing moment of corporations flexing their supreme muscle… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 8, 2017

Press Release: Colorado communities overwhelming reclaim local authority, reject telecom monopolies via ballot initiatives

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-colorado-communities-overwhelming-reclaim-local-authority-reject-telecom-monopolies-via-ballot-initiatives/

Colorado Voters Once Again Reject Monopolies in Internet Service at the Ballot Box All 18 voting communities opt out of restrictive state law, Fort Collins ensures municipal utility can provide broadband service Contact: ​Christopher Mitchell christopher@ilsr.org 612-545-5185​ MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. — Voters across the state of Colorado have, once again, rejected big telecom by opting out of a… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 6, 2017

Press Release: Colorado Cable Telecommunications Association sets local election spending record in municipal ballot referendum on broadband connectivity

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-colorado-cable-telecommunications-association-sets-local-election-spending-record-in-municipal-ballot-referendum-on-broadband-connectivity/

Comcast Sets Fort Collins Election Spending Record Opposing Broadband Competition The Colorado Cable Telecommunications Association is spending almost half a million to deny residents a real choice in broadband Internet access Contact: Christopher Mitchell christopher@ilsr.org 612-545-5185​ Campaign Spending Update – 11/6/2017: On November 3rd, Comcast’s front group Priorities First filed their most recent campaign report. The report showed… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Nov 6, 2017

Press Release: Colorado Communities Set to Reclaim Local Authority via Broadband Ballot Referenda, Rebuff Internet Access Monopolies

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-colorado-communities-set-to-reclaim-local-authority-via-broadband-ballot-referenda-rebuff-internet-access-monopolies/

Colorado Communities Set to Reclaim Local Authority, Rebuff Internet Access Monopolies 18 communities across the state will vote to join nearly 100 of their fellows in investigating Internet infrastructure investments Contact: ​Christopher Mitchell, christopher@ilsr.org 612-545-5185​ MINNEAPOLIS, MINN — Tomorrow, 18 communities across Colorado will be voting to reclaim their local authority to end broadband monopolies. Since… Continue reading

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

The Intercept Covers “Amazon Amendment” on Government Procurement

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-intercept-covers-amazon-amendment-on-government-procurement/

In the News: Stacy Mitchell November 2, 2017 Media Outlet: The Intercept Amazon is now on the verge of winning a multi-billion dollar contract to win government procurement over other retailers in America. David Dayen of The Intercept, a frequent (and excellent) writer on all things monopoly, spoke with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s co-director and… Continue reading

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

ILSR’s EV Report featured in Charged EVs Magazine

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ilsrs-ev-report-featured-in-charged-evs-magazine/

In the News: John Farrell November 2, 2017 Media Outlet: Charged EVs Back in June, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s John Farrell and Karlee Weinmann published a comprehensive report on electric vehicles and how they enable energy democracy. Charles Morris of Charged EVs delved into the report and offered coverage for the magazine. Here’s how they… Continue reading

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

Press Release: Comcast is spending scared in Seattle & Fort Collins local elections, facing threat of competition

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-comcast-is-spending-scared-in-seattle-fort-collins-local-elections-facing-threat-of-competition/

Comcast Spends Big on Local Elections in Seattle & Fort Collins The telecom giant would lose millions in revenue from real competition, new ILSR report says Contact:​ Christopher Mitchell christopher@ilsr.org 612-545-5185​ MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. — Comcast has a lot to lose from competition in broadband Internet access. That’s why the telecommunications giant is spending big in… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Oct 26, 2017

Curbside Composting Gets a Deep Dive Courtesy of WAMU & Brenda Platt

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/curbside-composting-gets-a-deep-dive-courtesy-of-wamu-brenda-platt/

In the News: Brenda Platt October 26, 2017 Media Outlet: WAMU 88.5FM – American University Radio With the growth of curbside composting in the United States over the last few years, WAMU’s Jacob Fenston took to investigate the challenges and opportunities cities have when implementing them. For some policy heft he spoke to ILSR’s co-director… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Oct 26, 2017

Comcast Money in Seattle Mayoral Race Draws StateScoop Coverage

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/comcast-money-in-seattle-mayoral-race-draws-statescoop-coverage/

In the News: Christopher Mitchell October 26, 2017 Media Outlet: StateScoop In the run-up to Seattle’s mayoral election on November 7th, 2017 the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Community Broadband Networks initiative team pointed to the commitment Comcast is pouring into the race to buy favorable decisions by the local government. The publication StateScoop noticed. Shortly after this story… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Oct 25, 2017

Motherboard Investigates Corporate Influences in Fort Collins Local Election to Invest in Municipal Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/motherboard-investigates-corporate-influences-in-fort-collins-local-election-to-invest-in-municipal-broadband/

In the News: Christopher Mitchell October 25, 2017 Media Outlet: Motherboard Vice For years, indeed since Colorado enacted SB 152 as part of a Comcast-funded effort to limit municipal broadband investment, we’ve seen Big Telecom’s interest in local elections grow. This year’s Fort Collins ballot question has been subject to hundreds of thousands in spending from… Continue reading