New Powerline Study Finds That Local Wind Energy Generation Can Avoid New Transmission Lines

Date: 17 Jun 2008 | posted in: Energy, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For Immediate Release PRESS RELEASE CONTACT: 612-276-3456 New Powerline Study Finds That Local Wind Energy Generation Can Avoid New Transmission Lines Abundant Opportunity Identified for New Community-Based Renewable Energy Development Throughout Minnesota   Minneapolis, Minn.— (June 17, 2008). Yesterday, the … Read More

Balancing Budgets By Raising Depletion Taxes

For Immediate Release PRESS RELEASE CONTACT: 612-276-3456 BALANCING BUDGETS BY RAISING DEPLETION TAXES   Minneapolis, Minn.— (June 4, 2008). A new report by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) concludes states could generate hundreds of millions, in some cases billions, … Read More

Monticello Fiber Network Fighting Frivolous Lawsuit

Date: 4 Jun 2008 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Minneapolis, Minn.— (June 4, 2008). One day before the city of Monticello secured funding to build a citywide fiber optic network, TDS Telecom filed a lawsuit challenging Monticello’s right to construct the network.

Christopher Mitchell, Director of the Telecommunications as Commons Initiative for the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), was not surprised. “Cable and telephone companies routinely file these lawsuits against community owned networks,” says Mitchell.… Read More

Muni Broadband Networks: In for the Long Haul

Date: 20 May 2008 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Minneapolis, Minn.—(May 20, 2008).  In a matter of days, MetroFi and Earthlink have announced they are abandoning the municipal wireless market.  Both will shut down their existing Wi-Fi networks in several cities if they cannot find buyers.

The private sector has largely decided municipal Wi-Fi networks are not profitable. But the public sector has come to the opposite conclusion and is continuing to build networks.  Why?

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Driving Our Way to Energy Independence

Date: 13 Mar 2008 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Updating a pathbreaking 2003 report, ILSR’s March 2008 report, Driving Our Way to Energy Independence, describes how commercially available technologies today could transform our petroleum powered transportation system into one powered by electricity and biofuels. Provisions in the recently passed Energy Act could accelerate that transformation.… Read More

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