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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Feb 1, 2016

Seniors, Low-Income, Disabled Communities Pay the Price in St. Paul

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/seniors-low-income-disabled-communities-pay-the-price-in-st-paul/

For seniors, low-income residents, and the disabled in Saint Paul, Minnesota, a Comcast discount within the city’s franchise agreement is not all it was cracked up to be. The Pioneer Press recently reported that, as eligible subscribers seek the ten percent discount guaranteed by the agreement, they are finding the devil is in the details… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jan 28, 2016

New Fossil Fuel Power Plants: Assets or Liabilities?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/new-fossil-fuel-power-plants-assets-or-liabilities/

In any conversation about the transition to a renewable energy economy, solar and wind advocates will eventually come up against the term “stranded assets.” It’s a misleading term, usually deployed in defense of legacy fossil fuel power plants (and their owners). But as times change, “stranded assets” can be redefined and in the next few… Continue reading

Featured Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 21, 2016

David Morris Interviewed on KFAI’s Truth To Tell Radio Show

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/david-morris-interviewed-on-kfais-truth-to-tell-radio-show/

In 2014, on ILSR’s 40th anniversary co-founder David Morris sat down with Siobhan Kierans and Tom O’Connell, co-hosts of TruthToTell, a weekly public affairs program on KFAI radio in Minneapolis to talk about our history, our approach and our decentralist perspective.   TruthToTell Description: AIRING MONDAYS @ 9:00 a.m., TruthToTell is produced by CivicMedia/Minnesota as part… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Matt Grimley | No Comments | Updated on Jan 13, 2016

Just How Democratic are Rural Electric Cooperatives?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/just-how-democratic-are-rural-electric-cooperatives/

Randy Wilson knew you had to start somewhere. Knocking on doors and hanging around retail store parking lots, he and volunteers from the citizen group Kentuckians for the Commonwealth collected signatures. After weeks of holding out clipboards, they collected the more than 500 signatures needed to run for the board of the Jackson Energy Cooperative… Continue reading

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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

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Jan 4, 2016

Ringing in the New Year, Celebrating a Win for Prison Phone Justice

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ringing-in-the-new-year-celebrating-a-win-for-prison-phone-justice/

At MuniNetworks, we often focus on access to the Internet, but the impact of telecommunication policy extends beyond data. In 2016, families might finally see reasonable prices for phone calls to incarcerated loved ones. Last October, the FCC voted to close loopholes and cap rates for Inmate Calling Service providers in jails and prisons across… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Dec 18, 2015

Wilson Moves to Expand Greenlight Network to Neighboring Town

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/wilson-moves-to-expand-greenlight-network-to-neighboring-town/

Thanks to a new interlocal agreement, the City of Wilson, North Carolina will soon expand its Greenlight community broadand network to the nearby Town of Pinetops. Officials expect to complete the expansion of the gigabit fiber network by April 2016. Pinetops, a town of 1,300, is less than 20 miles from Wilson, population 50,000. We’re… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Dec 15, 2015

Video: Can Energy Democracy Energize the “Good Life” in Nebraska?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/can-energy-democracy-energize-nebraska/

The following presentation was given by ILSR’s Director of Democratic Energy John Farrell, this year’s keynote speaker at the Sierra Club of Nebraska’s Annual Event on November 21st, 2015.  The presentation illustrates the march towards energy democracy by highlighting the spread of affordable distributed energy resources (such as wind and solar) and the intense pressure… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR | No Comments | Updated on Dec 15, 2015

Op-ed: Spanish Fork Proves Utah Law is Counter-Productive

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/op-ed-spanish-fork-proves-utah-law-is-counter-productive/

The Salt Lake Tribune published this op-ed championing local investment in Internet infrastructure on December 11, 2015.   Op-ed: Spanish Fork’s success shows municipal Internet networks work By Christopher Mitchell For nearly 10 years, large telephone and cable companies have claimed municipal Internet networks are so risky that local government authority should be restricted. But… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Dec 14, 2015

ILSR’s Distributed Solar Capacity Quarterly Update

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/ilsrs-distributed-solar-capacity-quarterly-update/

Renewable energy continues to dominate new power plant capacity and distributed generation has contributed an increasingly large share. We’ve been tracking this phenomenon since April of 2014, and, finally, the Energy Information Administration has recognized the prevalence of distributed solar and is going to report estimates of this added capacity in their monthly updates. This… Continue reading