Press Release: Newly Introduced Maine Bill Would Limit Local Authority over Broadband Infrastructure Investment

Date: 25 Apr 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Maine State Representative Nathan Wadsworth (R-Hiram) introduced a bill to revoke local authority over building Internet networks needed by local businesses and residents. The one-time Maine state ALEC chair introduced HP 1040 (also cross filed as LD 1516) to advantage the big cable and telephone monopolies.… Read More

Press Release: Composting Builds Soil Health, Earth Day 2017 Resources Available

The first Earth Day in 1970 sparked not only the beginning of the environmental movement, but also the birth of the modern recycling movement. Today, recycling of paper, bottles, and cans is the norm, but food waste recovery remains paltry. Less than 5% of food thrown away is recovered. According to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), almost half of typical garbage could be converted into compost (Source: ILSR’s Infographic).… Read More

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

Date: 19 Apr 2017 | posted in: Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 Walmart has scaled back its renewable power projects in the U.S. The amount of renewable energy the company derives from its clean energy projects and special purchases fell by 16% since 2013.… Read More

Press Release: Tennessee Sends Broadband Accessibility Act of 2017 to Gov. Haslam’s Desk

Date: 12 Apr 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

With this bill’s passage, the Tennessee General Assembly will likely not pass any other broadband legislation during this session. The Broadband Accessibility Act won’t improve Tennessee’s rating as 29th in Internet connectivity, but it will do a great job of lining AT&T’s pockets. As we’ve tracked throughout the session, there are a number of bills worth supporting that would actually increase connectivity and allow municipalities to take part in their own broadband future.… Read More

J.C. Penney, Sears and Kmart Store Closings the Latest Casualty as Amazon Continues to Dominate Retail Sphere

Date: 23 Mar 2017 | posted in: Media Coverage, Press Release, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Published in Nasdaq Global Newswire: “News outlets are taking notice of J.C. Penney, but locally-owned small businesses – the proverbial “canary in the coal mine” have been dealing with everything from big box stores to e-commerce. In the wake of 138 store closings announced by J.C. Penney plus another 150 Sears and Kmarts — most in small cities — national retailers are now feeling the pinch too. The Institute for Local Self Reliance (www.ILSR.org) and Local First Arizona (www.localfirstaz.com) are calling on the nation to shift a portion of their shopping from online retailers like Amazon to locally owned or national retailers in their communities.”… Read More

Press Release: Missouri Senate Bill 186 Seeks to Limit Municipal Authority

Date: 14 Feb 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Another year in Missouri and another bill from the big telephone companies to limit broadband competition in the state house. The bill introduced by Senator Ed Emery (R-Lamar), SB 186, seeks to limit the power of municipalities to provide competition to entrenched incumbent Internet Service Providers.… Read More

Press Release: Brenda Platt Receives Major Composting Award for Grassroots Advocacy

Brenda Platt, Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) co-director and director of ILSR’s Composting for Community initiative, was honored on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017, with the US Composting Council’s prestigious H. Clark Gregory Award, “for outstanding service to the composting industry through grassroots efforts.” The award came at the closing ceremony of the US Composting Council’s annual conference, this year held in Los Angeles.… Read More

Press Release: Questions Grow About Amazon’s Impact on U.S. Economy

Date: 2 Feb 2017 | posted in: Press Release, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Amazon’s earnings on Thursday are expected to show that the corporation continues to expand its revenue and market share. But new analysis suggests that Amazon’s expansion comes at a high cost to working people.

In a fact sheet released today, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) and Jobs With Justice find that Amazon is driving many of the most alarming trends affecting workers, including fewer reliable jobs, more temporary work, declining wages, and high-stress conditions.… Read More

Press Release: Virginia Bill Seeks to Limit Municipal Authority

Date: 17 Jan 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The latest chapter in efforts by the big cable companies to limit broadband competition just began in Virginia. The introduction of HB 2108, the “Virginia Broadband Deployment Act,” by Delegate Kathy J. Byron (R-Forest) seeks to limit the power of municipalities to provide competition to entrenched incumbent Internet Service Providers.… Read More

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