Screening Guide: Learn About Municipal Networks, Connect With Neighbors, Share This Film in Your Community

Date: 12 Apr 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Generate conversation about broadband access in your community with a screening of the short film, “Do Not Pass Go.” We have created a helpful guide on how to host a screening of the film in your community. Spend some time connecting with others who share your questions about local options and want to learn more. Documentary filmmaker Cullen Hoback traveled to Pinetops, North Carolina, to experience firsthand the battle between municipal networks and private providers. Pinetops is a rural small town that receives high-speed Internet service from the nearby City of Wilson, North Carolina. The large ISPs have tried to put a stop to this with a state law, and all the red tape might kill the small town.… Read More

More Colorado Communities Vote in Favor of Local Broadband Authority as Legislators Dedicate Rural Broadband Funding

Date: 10 Apr 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In Colorado last week, communities held spring elections if they needed to choose elected officials or ask voters to make decisions on local matters. In six rural communities, voters decided to join the almost 120 municipalities and counties around the state that have already voted to opt out of Colorado’s restrictive state law SB 152. Meanwhile, the General Assembly tried to help bring broadband to the state’s most rural areas.… Read More

Rescuing Materials and Building Community in Berkeley Thanks to “Waste” (Episode 43)

Dan Knapp and Mary Lou Van Deventer sit down with long-time friend and ILSR co-founder Neil Seldman and Communications Manager Nick Stumo-Langer to discuss their successful reuse business and how they fit into the wider Berkeley community.… Read More

Washington, D.C. Home Composting Bill Advances Thanks to ILSR’s Efforts

Date: 4 Apr 2018 | posted in: Composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On March 29th, 2018, the District of Columbia made an important step toward rolling out its own home composting program, when the Committee on Transportation and the Environment unanimously voted to recommend for approval Bill B22-0501 – Home Composting Incentives Amendment Act of 2018 to the full Council. … Read More

Working Partner Update: The Right to Repair Association

The Right to Repair Association is working hard to reverse this trend and reintroduce the repair economy to spur job creation and money saving. The Association was started as a non-profit umbrella in 2013 and is now comprised of over 150 businesses and 40 non-profit organizations.

Due to their efforts, and the efforts of their member organization, no less than 18 state bills are in process to require manufacturers of numerous products to make parts, manuals, software, and tools available for individual and small businesses.… Read More

Leaked Draft Bill Confirms Xcel Energy’s Priority for Profits Over Community Solar

Date: 30 Mar 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A newly-released parody video makes Xcel Energy’s top priority clear: maximize profits for shareholders, even if that comes at the expense of the country’s most successful community solar program. Supporting analysis of a leaked draft bill from Xcel lobbyists illustrates this further and points out the company’s nasty habit of trying to make its own rules.… Read More

Podcast: Limiting the Hype over Wireless 5G Technology, Exploring its Real Potential

Date: 27 Mar 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

There’s been scores of hype around the potential of 5G and, while the technology certainly opens up possibilities, Eric and Christopher explain why much of that hype is premature. 5G networks have been touted as an affordable answer to the pervasive problem of rural connectivity, but like other wireless technology, 5G has limitations. Eric breaks down the differences between evolutions of wireless technologies up to now and explains what needs they will fulfill and where we still have significant work to do.… Read More

Rural Virginians Find Internet Connectivity Thanks to Cooperatives

Date: 27 Mar 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The state of Virginia has many rural pockets on both the Atlantic coast and the interior valley areas. These geographic challenges offer a roadblock to connectivity from incumbent Internet Service Providers, that’s why cooperatives are stepping up to offer connectivity to their member-owners.… Read More

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