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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States, Independent Business, The Public Good | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Mar 23, 2017

Breaking Through Partisanship: Left-Right-Local – Episode 14 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/breaking-through-partisanship-left-right-local-episode-14-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In this episode, Christopher Mitchell, the director of ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews John Farrell, Stacy Mitchell, and David Morris, directors of our Energy Democracy, Community-Scaled Economies, and Public Good initiatives, respectively. The group discusses the nature of local policies and politics versus the national-level fights and hyper-partisanship. Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Mar 9, 2017

Christopher Mitchell Speaks to Politico Live on “The Future of the Wireless World”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/christopher-mitchell-speaks-to-politico-live-on-the-future-of-the-wireless-world/

Politico Live – March 7th, 2017 On March 7th, Christopher participated in a panel discussion sponsored by Politico and Qualcomm as part of an event called “The Future of the Wireless World.” The panel was moderated by Politico Technology Reporter Alex Byers and included the following participants: Steven Crowley, P.E., Consulting Wireless Engineer Mindel De… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Mar 9, 2017

America’s Major Market Power Problem – Episode 13 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/market-power-problem-episode-13-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

Welcome to episode thirteen of the Building Local Power podcast. For full transcript of the podcast, click here. In this episode, Christopher Mitchell, the director of ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the ILSR and director of the Community-Scaled Economies initiative. The two discuss the environment for small businesses in the… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 6, 2017

Quick Reflections on Google Fiber

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/quick-reflections-on-google-fiber/

I have been a Google Fiber supporter, believing that Google’s investments and policy goals would move the United States forward, away from the monopolies of entrenched incumbents. When others claimed that Google was abandoning fiber, I argued that Google had not yet decided… it was arguing internally about the right path.

But now I think it is pretty clear that Google is done with significant fiber investment, particularly for single family residential homes. I have strong doubts that Google will continue with the Huntsville-type approaches of leasing dark fiber, but I hope that will continue. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 9, 2017

Bolstering Waste Recovery Through Model Legislation – Episode 11 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/waste-recovery-episode-11-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In this episode, Christopher Mitchell, the director of ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative, interviews Brenda Platt, ILSR co-director and director of our Waste to Wealth initiative. The two discuss the history of ILSR’s Zero Waste work and how the conversation around composting and waste has changed in her 30 years at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 4, 2017

Eagle Eye Team Report: Broadband Expansion Languishes in Berkshires

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/eagle-eye-team-report-broadband-expansion-languishes-in-berkshires/

Berkshire Eagle – February 4, 2017

Nearly 10 years ago, Gov. Deval Patrick came to Becket with a promise of information-age equity: broadband internet service across Western Massachusetts. By 2011, he said.

And yet the “digital divide” persists. Continue reading

Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 26, 2017

Trump’s FCC Pick Bodes Poorly for Net Neutrality & Broadband Competition

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/trumps-fcc-pick-bodes-poorly-for-net-neutrality-broadband-competition/

Donald Trump picked his FCC chairman much earlier than anyone expected, though Ajit Pai is not a very big surprise. Formerly a lawyer for Verizon, Pai has been a constant voice in favor of large incumbent cable and telephone positions, especially opposing the Open Internet Order, known more commonly as network neutrality. Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 26, 2017

Preemption, Local Authority, & Municipal Broadband – Episode 10 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/preemption-episode-10-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In this episode, John Farrell, the director of ILSR’s Energy Democracy initiative, interviews Christopher Mitchell (our usual podcast host) and Lisa Gonzalez of our Community Broadband Networks initiative. The three discuss the power of municipal broadband networks, how the power held in cities is integral to these projects, and the barriers put in place by cable monopolies to prevent these networks. Continue reading

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

Google And Netflix Join Fight Against Virginia Municipal Broadband Restrictions

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/google-and-netflix-join-fight-against-virginia-municipal-broadband-restrictions/

ArsTechnica – January 25, 2017

Google and Netflix joined a handful of advocacy groups and other companies lobbying against a proposed Virginia state law that would make it far more difficult for municipalities to offer Internet service. Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 23, 2017

Analysis: Bills In VA. And MO. Would Double Down On Banning Municipal Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/analysis-bills-in-va-and-mo-would-double-down-on-banning-municipal-broadband/

The Daily Yonder – January 23, 2017

Legislation proposed in Virginia and Missouri would tighten the noose that restricts local governments from creating broadband options. In Virginia, the bill comes from a state delegate with strong ties to the telecommunications industry and with ALEC, the national advocacy group that wrote similar laws for other states.

A Virginia state delegate who has received contributions from six telecommunications corporations has introduced a bill to place further restrictions on municipal broadband. Continue reading