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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Aug 17, 2017

Press Release: Minneapolis Mayor’s Proposed Budget Unlocks $2M+ for Clean Energy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-minneapolis-franchise-fee/

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. — A few weeks ago, cities across the country responded to President Trump’s intention to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord with their own commitments. But the City of Minneapolis, under a budget proposed by Mayor Betsy Hodges, is poised to do something novel: put real resources behind its climate and energy pledge. The mayor’s budget proposal would unlock more than $2 million in new funding, leverage more than $20 million in utility conservation funds and expand access to energy savings to many more residents and businesses Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 16, 2017

Voters Say “Yes!” to Fiber-to-the-Home in Lyndon Township, Michigan

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/voters-say-yes-to-fiber-to-the-home-in-lyndon-township-michigan/

In a record high turnout for a non-general election, voters in Lyndon Township, Michigan, decided to approve a bond proposal to fund a publicly owned Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network. The measure passed with 66 percent of voters (622 votes) choosing yes and 34 percent (321 votes) voting no.   Geographically Close, Technologically Distant The community is located… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Hannah Trostle | No Comments | Updated on Aug 14, 2017

Fond du Lac Band Builds Fiber Network in Northeast Minnesota

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/fond-du-lac-band-builds-fiber-network-in-northeast-minnesota/

Native nations are building community networks, owned and operated by tribal governments to ensure that Indian Country has high-speed Internet access. In July 2017, the Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe announced a plan to build a Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network to 900 homes that only had access to dial-up Internet service. The Duluth News Tribune reported that the Fond… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 11, 2017

Internet Association’s Video Looks At Network Neutrality And What ISPs Are Really Saying

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/internet-associations-video-looks-at-network-neutrality-and-what-isps-are-really-saying/

With the FCC taking another look at the advancements in network neutrality rules passed during the Obama administration, the topic has been on the lips of many segments of the population. Many of us consider a free an open Internet a necessity to foster innovation and investment, but the words from the lips of the big ISPs are changing, depending on whom they’re talking to. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 8, 2017

Orange County And Its Schools Work For Fiber In Virginia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/orange-county-and-its-schools-work-for-fiber-in-virginia/

With a growing need for fast, affordable, reliable connectivity, an increasing number of schools are constructing fiber optic infrastructure to serve their facilities. In some cases, they partner with local government and a collaboration eventually leads to better options for an entire community. Schools in Orange County, Virginia, will be working with county government to build a… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 3, 2017

The Broadband Market is Broken: Don’t Fall for Telecom Lobbyist Lies

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-broadband-market-is-broken-dont-fall-for-telecom-lobbyist-lies/

We’ve all been lied to, but when we’re lied to by those we rely on, it’s the worst. Right now, we are all subject to a lie about our Internet access. That lie is rooted in the idea that the best way to move forward is to allow the free market to dictate our access… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Matthew Douglas-May | No Comments | Updated on Aug 2, 2017

Zero is the Hero: Zero Net Energy Buildings Reach New Communities, Promising Savings, and Renewable Energy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/zero-is-the-hero/

As energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies continue to improve both functionally and economically, Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings are spreading in communities around the country. The energy savings and environmental benefits of ZNE buildings, which produce as much energy using on-site renewables as they consume, are catching the attention of city leaders, regulators, and… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 24, 2017

Times Editors: Rural Virginia Deserves Better Connectivity

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/times-editors-rural-virginia-deserves-better-connectivity/

People who live in rural America have known for a long time that urban areas have better access to Internet services. Recently, however, the issue has become a hot topic of conversation and analysis by policy experts, lawmakers, and the telecommunications industry. In a recent editorial by Virginia’s Roanoke Times, the outlet’s leadership explained why “Third… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 24, 2017

Three Forces Fighting Local Renewable Energy and Three Ways to Fight Back

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/3-forces-fighting-local-renewable-energy/

If you’re reading energy news of late, you might have come across three new ways that forces are aligning against local renewable energy. State governments are increasingly pre-empting local authority on a range of issues, including energy. Utility companies are undercutting state regulation with their legislative lobbyists. And utilities are also bringing their monopoly market power to bear in previously competitive markets.

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 24, 2017

Co-ops and Counties Improving Indiana Connectivity

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/co-ops-and-counties-improving-indiana-connectivity/

Like other states with significant rural populations, local communities in Indiana have been working to come up with ways to improve connectivity for residents and businesses. Two more areas in Indiana can expect better connectivity as county government invests for economic development and a rural electric co-op decides its time to offer Internet access to… Continue reading