Interview: In The Sun, Stacy Mitchell Discusses Amazon and the Future of Local Economies

Date: 25 Oct 2018 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This month, The Sun magazine features ILSR Co-Director Stacy Mitchell in an extended Q&A about the consequences of Amazon’s tightening grip and what it will take to revive America’s left-behind cities and towns.… Read More

Rural Internet Access a Top Issue in Maine Election

Date: 23 Oct 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As Election Day draws near, voters in 36 states and three territories are set to choose governors. In Maine, gubernatorial candidates are making rural broadband a key issue. All four candidates agree that the state needs to be involved in some way, and each recently gave the Press Herald a summary of their plan to expand high-quality connectivity to constituents, if elected.… Read More

What’s Going on With the Internet? (Episode 57)

Date: 18 Oct 2018 | posted in: Building Local Power, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Host, Hibba Meraay, is joined by Chris Mitchell, Director of the Community Broadband initiative, for an update on the progress of community broadband networks. They also discuss the Internet in current events including: California passing statewide net neutrality, why Colorado always seems to have a municipal network related ballot initiative, and the buzz around 5G.… Read More

Video: Advancing Energy Democracy with Community Renewable Energy

Date: 11 Oct 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This 30-minute video is a companion guide to the NAACP’s Just Energy Toolkit. It begins with an interview on the site of a community solar project in north Minneapolis, a project that in many ways epitomizes energy democracy.… Read More

Kansas Cooperative To Provide Internet Access to Rural Residents

Date: 11 Oct 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

City Officials in Fort Scott, Kansas, located about 95 miles south of Kansas City, say that they haven’t been able to entice national providers to bring high-quality Internet access to their town of about 8,000 people. That may be a good thing — Craw-Kan Telephone Cooperative is building out fiber in Fort Scott as early as 2019.… Read More

Voices of 100%: Atlanta Works Toward Clean Energy for All — Episode 62 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 10 Oct 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Across the U.S., over 80 cities have made commitments to transition to 100 percent renewable energy. As the largest such city in the Southeast, the city of Atlanta has been a regional leader in evaluating how to succeed. In our fourth episode of Voices of 100%, a multi-part series of Local Energy Rules, Atlanta’s Energy Programs Manager Megan O’Neil speaks with John Farrell about the city’s relationship with its incumbent utility, what mix of renewable and energy efficiency makes sense, and how robust community engagement has helped ensure all residents will access the benefits of renewables and can help shape their city’s energy future.… Read More

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