When You Can’t Trust the Data, Flaws in the Federal Communications Commission’s Broadband Forms

Date: 2 May 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

At the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, we analyze data and explore public policies to empower local communities. Our initiative staff work on varied issues from composting to broadband, but all these issues affect our daily lives and our communities. In the Community Broadband Networks Initiative, we often analyze high-speed Internet service availability using the best data that is publicly available. Some of this data, however, is inaccurate, outdated, and misconstrued.… Read More

Rural Maine Towns Join Forces to Build Their Own Broadband Utility

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

There are about 3,000 residents in Calais (pronounced “Kal-iss”) and 1,500 in Baileyville, but according to Julie Jordan, Director of Downeast Economic Development Corporation (DEDC), many of those residents are aging and younger people find little reason to stay or relocate in Washington County. The community recognizes that they need to draw in new industries and jobs that will attract young families to keep the towns from fading off the map.… Read More

Big Utilities See Pushback to Their Dominant Role in State Houses (Episode 44)

Date: 19 Apr 2018 | posted in: Building Local Power, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Experts Stacy Mitchell, Christopher Mitchell, and John Farrell discuss the impact that concentrated economic power has in state legislatures in topics as wide-ranging as high-speed broadband access, electric utilities, and Facebook’s recent Congressional foibles.… Read More

Tiny Massachusetts Town Takes a Stand for Local Internet Access

Date: 19 Apr 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

With only around 500 residents in Alford, it’s no surprise that big incumbents decided the lack of population density didn’t justify investment in 21st century connectivity. By 2012 and 2013, the community had had enough; they decided to pursue their own solution with a municipal network. Alford voted to form a Municipal Light Plant (MLP), the entity that that manages publicly owned networks in Massachusetts.… Read More

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

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