Tax Change Deters Rural Co-ops From Expanding Internet Access

Date: 9 Nov 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For many rural Americans, the local electric or telephone cooperative is their best hope for finally obtaining modern-day connectivity. With the support of government funding, rural cooperatives have brought electricity, telephone service, and more recently broadband access to some of the most rugged and sparsely populated places in the country.… Read More

Fate of Net Neutrality is Now in the Hands of the House, Gulp…

Date: 21 May 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Network neutrality protections are scheduled to disappear on June 11th. In an effort to reverse the FCC’s decision that will put millions at risk by eliminating market protections, 52 Senators voted in favor of a Resolution of Disapproval on May 16th. The vote was enough to pass the Resolution and send it on to the next step under the Congressional Review Act (CRA).… Read More

As the US Senate Considers Net Neutrality Today our Maps Show Millions at Risk

Date: 16 May 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

It’s May 16th and today is the day the Senate will vote on whether or not to reverse last December’s repeal of network neutrality rules by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and other Republican FCC Commissioners. As a reminder, we thought this was a good day to pull out the maps we created that illustrate how that decision to repeal the federal policy put at least 177 million Americans at risk. … Read More

Brenda Platt Offers Insight at Congressional Hearing on Zero Waste Bill

Date: 5 Dec 2017 | posted in: waste - zero waste, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On November 8th, 2017 ILSR co-director and director of the Composting for Community initiative presented to a congressional hearing on the Zero Waste Development & Expansion Act of 2017 (HR 1034), sponsored by Representative Keith Ellison (D-Minn.). You can view the … Read More

Briefing on Zero Waste and Environmental Justice with Representative Keith Ellison

Date: 3 Nov 2017 | posted in: waste - zero waste, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On Wednesday, November 8th, ILSR co-director and Composting for Community initiative director Brenda Platt will be speaking on a panel during a congressional hearing for the Zero Waste Development & Expansion Act of 2017 (HR 1034). The hearing is open … Read More

The Public Good Newsfeed – August 23, 2016: Gerrymandering’s Terrible Impact, Leopold Kohr and the Curse of Bigness, and more…

A selection of recent news stories with an ILSR insight into “The Public Good.” Stories in this Newsfeed: Trade Agreements: What Are We For? | Democracy at Risk: Gerrymandering | Democracy at Risk: Voter ID | Leopold Kohr and the Curse of … Read More

Testimony to Congress: Overhaul Federal Policy to Support Strong Local Economies

Date: 16 Apr 2015 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week, ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell shared her research and perspective with members of Congress at a hearing organized by the Congressional Progressive Caucus. The forum focused on how federal contracting and other forms of financial support for business should be overhauled to reflect American values of fairness, opportunity, and broad prosperity. … Read More

Critical Small Business Loan Program Cut

Date: 1 Nov 2002 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Bush Administration has cut the federal government’s largest and most important small business loan program by more than 60 percent. This year, the program will back only $4.4 billion in loans, compared to nearly $12 billion last year. The program, known as 7(a), is run by the Small Business Administration and guarantees loans of up to $2 million made to small businesses. It is the largest source of long-term working capital for small businesses in the nation, accounting for some 40 percent of available financing. … Read More