Public Power Pt. 6: Alternatives — Episode 170 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 9 Nov 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

John Farrell explains five alternatives to a public power takeover that can still advance a community’s clean energy and environmental justice aims. This is part six of a special series: The Promise and Peril of Publicly-Owned Power.… Read More

Following Through on Transparency: A Broadband Nutrition Label Status Report

Date: 8 Nov 2022 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The FCC is under deadline to release an order to “promulgate regulations to require the display of” the broadband nutrition label by November 15 of this year. We’ve taken a moment here to re-access the issue, offer a few updates, and… Read More

How Tax Policies Fuel Monopolies and Undermine Small Business

Date: 28 Oct 2022 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In a special issue of Tax Justice Focus, Stacy Mitchell and Susan Holmberg write that local, state, and federal policymakers have systematically structured the tax system to fuel corporate power and disadvantage small businesses. No one has more effectively harnessed the tax system to build a monopoly than Amazon-founder Jeff Bezos.… Read More

Public Power Pt. 5: The Perils — Episode 169 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 26 Oct 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Customers of four publicly-owned utilities explain some limitations of the public power model and how they are organizing to increase accountability. This is part five of a special series: The Promise and Peril of Publicly-Owned Power.… Read More

Study: Low Income LA County Neighborhoods Pay More for Internet Service Than Wealthier Neighborhoods

Date: 19 Oct 2022 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A new study from the Digital Equity LA initiative lays bare how low-income communities of color are impacted by the quiet business decisions of the county’s monopoly Internet service provider…… Read More

How Cities Can Make the Most of IRA Dollars — Episode 168 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 12 Oct 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Lawyer Amy Turner joins John Farrell to explain how cities can use Inflation Reduction Act dollars to advance local goals — and should help their residents do the same.… Read More

ILSR Convenes the 7th National Cultivating Community Composting Forum

Date: 11 Oct 2022 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In collaboration with the US Composting Council (USCC), the Institute for Local Self-Reliance announces a forum and field day for community composters to be held in conjunction with USCC’s International Conference and Trade Show, COMPOST2023, in Ontario, CA.… Read More

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