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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 7, 2017

Monopoly Power and Network Neutrality

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/monopoly-power-and-network-neutrality/

The FCC is scheduled to decide the fate of Internet access on Thursday, Dec 14. Will anyone anywhere in the U.S. be able to pay one basic fee to access information on the Internet from the most popular to the most arcane content providers? If all indications are correct, probably not. ISPs will increasingly decide on… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 30, 2017

ILSR Submits Multiple Federal Communications Commission Comments Supporting Local Internet Choice

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ilsr-submits-multiple-federal-communications-commission-comments-supporting-local-internet-choice/

This fall, we’ve submitted multiple comments to the Federal Communications Commission supporting local Internet choice and remaining critical of concentrated power in the hands of large telecom companies. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 6, 2017

Fiber for Key Industrial Areas Coming to Somerset County, Pennsylvania

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/fiber-for-key-industrial-areas-coming-to-somerset-county-pennsylvania/

Over the past several decades, the population of Somerset County, Pennsylvania, has incrementally jumped up and down, but today’s population is the same as it was in 1960. In order to boost economic development and encourage growth with more jobs, community leaders are deploying fiber for better connectivity in several industrial areas. Financial Help For Fiber Connectivity… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 6, 2017

Video To Share: Rural America, Broadband Help is Not on the Way

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/video-to-share-rural-america-broadband-help-is-not-on-the-way/

If you live in rural America, chances are you know what it’s like to have inadequate Internet access. If you’ve heard about the Connect America Fund, however, you probably think help is on the way and your problems will soon be over; you’ll get the kind of speeds available in large cities, right? Wrong. Our short… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jan 5, 2016

Congress Gets Renewable Tax Credit Extension Right

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/congress-gets-renewable-tax-credit-extension-right/

In case you missed it over the holiday, Congress passed a new federal budget, notably extending tax credits for solar, wind, and other renewable energy technologies. The extension differs from previous ones in two ways: it extends the credits for multiple years but also (as ILSR has been discussing since 2012) phases them out over… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Nov 19, 2015

It’s not Doomsday, but Neither is Ending the Solar Tax Credit Good Policy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/its-not-doomsday-but-neither-is-ending-the-solar-tax-credit-good-policy/

I took the “no” side in a point/counterpoint in the Wall Street Journal this week on the topic: Will Solar Energy Plummet if the Investment Tax Credit Fades Away? It’s been a great conversation-starter, but also an opportunity to clarify ILSR’s position on the tax credit extension. In short, while allowing the 30% tax credit… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 3, 2015

Clean Power Plan: 50 Ways to Get More Clean, Local Energy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/clean-power-plan-50-ways-to-get-more-clean-local-energy/

The Obama administration released the Clean Power Plan today requiring substantial greenhouse gas emissions reductions from the electricity sector. The plan sets targets from the top down, but largely leaves the details to states, providing a significant opportunity to craft rules that encourage energy development and ownership from the bottom up. These 50 state plans… Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 22, 2014

Pharmacy Ownership Laws — Europe

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/pharmacy-ownership-laws/2833-2/

Many European countries employ Pharmacy Ownership Laws to ensure quality medical care. Sixteen E.U. member states regulate pharmacy establishment, and 13 of them have Pharmacy Ownership Laws that require pharmacists hold the majority stake in pharmacies. Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 2 Comments | Updated on Jul 15, 2014

California’s Reserve Fund Won’t Lift the FHFA Boot From PACE’s Neck

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/californias-pace-program-solve-fanniefreddie-problem/

Earlier this year, the state of California announced a $10 million loan-loss reserve to solve the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s severe restrictions on using property-tax based financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy on residential property. It’s a great concept, but evidence from on of California’s best property assessed clean energy (PACE) programs suggests the reserve… Continue reading

Rule filed under Independent Business, The Public Good | Written by ILSR Admin | 2 Comments | Updated on Jan 8, 2013

Internet Sales Tax Fairness

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/rule/internet-sales-tax-fairness/

Current federal policy exempts online and mail-order retailers from having to collect state and local sales taxes, giving them a sizable 4 to 11 percent price advantage over local stores. Advocates of a level playing field are calling on Congress to remedy this inequity by passing the Main Street Fairness Act. Meanwhile, states like New York are using existing state authority in particular cases, and states like South Dakota are undertaking an effort to land the issue back before the U.S. Supreme Court. Continue reading