Idaho’s Proposed Broadband Grant Cares More About Protecting Monopolies Than Expanding High-Quality Connectivity

Date: 18 Jun 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As states are considering whether and how to use federal CARES Act funding to improve Internet access, Idaho is poised to enact counter-productive limits on who can use that money by excluding community-owned solutions. Though many states have been under pressure from big monopoly providers to only fund for-profit business models with broadband subsidies, those voices seem largely absent in this Idaho fight. Instead, it is some local monopoly providers that are threatened by a wave of new community networks that break the old monopoly approach to broadband networks.… Read More

How Cities and States Are Stepping up to Help Small Businesses in Crisis (Episode 101)

Date: 28 May 2020 | posted in: Building Local Power, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Host Jess Del Fiacco talks with Kennedy Smith, Senior Researcher with ILSR’s Independent Business initiative, about efforts at the state and local level to support small businesses affected by the pandemic.… Read More

Implementing COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Food Scrap Drop-Off: Spotlight on the Community Compost Depot at Frey Gardens in Providence

Date: 21 May 2020 | posted in: Composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On this episode, ILSR’s Brenda Platt dialogues with Michael Bradlee, President of Earth Appliance Organics in Providence, Rhode Island, to discuss how one community composter is continuing to collect and compost food scraps with new safety protocols in place.… Read More

Locally-Owned Hardware Stores Show Flexibility and Resilience in the Face of COVID-19 (Episode 100)

Date: 14 May 2020 | posted in: Building Local Power | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Host Jess Del Fiacco and ILSR Co-Director John Farrell speak with Gina Schaefer, ILSR board member and owner of A Few Cool Hardware Stores in the D.C. area. Gina talks a little about how she got into the hardware business and explains how they have adapted operations to safely serve customers during the pandemic.… Read More

Webinar Resources – Composting at Home: An Introduction to the Basics

Date: 8 May 2020 | posted in: Composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

There’s never been a better time for home composting. Watch our webinar recording to learn how to successfully compost at home. The speakers covered the basics of hot composting outside and worm composting (or vermicomposting) inside. … Read More

Webinar Resources — Navigating COVID-19 for Small-Scale Food Scrap Collectors: Drop-off and Curbside

Date: 15 Apr 2020 | posted in: Composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In Part 3 of this webinar series, we heard from a panel of for-profit, nonprofit, and government food scrap collectors. They shared their experience in adapting drop-off and curbside collection programs in response to COVID-19.… Read More

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