Report: Telecom Monopolies Are Blocking Better Internet Access… And What We Can Do About It

Date: 27 Jan 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The digital divide is leaving millions of Americans behind — and corporate telecom monopolies are only making the problem worse. A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance sheds light on this under-reported problem. ILSR’s report finds that at a time when access to high-quality broadband is more important than ever, monopoly control of this essential public infrastructure is leaving many Americans — particularly people in rural communities and communities of color — disconnected, underserved, or, at best, paying too much for substandard service.… Read More

Introducing the Community Power Interactive Toolkit: Power Up My Utility

Date: 21 Jan 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this video, John Farrell and Maria McCoy walk through the Energy Democracy Initiative’s latest release: the Power Up My Utility interactive toolkit. This new feature shows how customers can reform their electric utility.… Read More

Minneapolis Health Department Splits the Bill with Green Investors — Episode 121 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 13 Jan 2021 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host John Farrell and guest Patrick Hanlon discuss Green Cost Share: a program that promotes public health by matching investments in solar and energy efficiency projects.… Read More

New Report Sheds Light on America’s Monopolized Energy Sector . . . and How We Can Fix It

Date: 7 Jan 2021 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliances shows that America’s monopoly problem extends into the energy and electricity sector. While last year’s Big Tech hearings and House antitrust report spotlighted monopoly abuses at Amazon, Google, and other tech giants, the report from ILSR makes clear that America’s monopoly problem has spread into many other sectors of the economy — including the electricity sector. The report is the latest in a series from ILSR focused on fighting monopoly power throughout several sectors of our economy, including Banking, Broadband, Food and Farming, Pharmacy, Waste and Recycling, and Small Business.… Read More

A Portland Fund, Collected from Corporations, Finances Community Benefits — Episode 120 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 30 Dec 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules podcast, host John Farrell speaks with Jaimes Valdez about the Portland Clean Energy Fund: a climate action fund for racial and social justice.… Read More

New Power Generation Quarterly: 2020 Q3

Date: 18 Dec 2020 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Renewables are bouncing back after a COVID-19 pandemic punch; in the third quarter of 2020, solar comprised a near-record 60 percent of new power generation capacity. Here’s the latest update from ILSR’s Energy Democracy Initiative.… Read More

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