California Legislation Ensures Plastic Manufacturers Bear Responsibility for Product Lifecycle

Date: 11 Jan 2018 | posted in: waste - zero waste, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A bill introduced in California to protect the oceans has been developed and supported by the Save the Albatross Coalition, a project of  Zero Waste International Alliance, co chaired by Neil Seldman ILSR and Captain Charles Moore, Algalita Marine Research.  … Read More

2017 in Review and a Preview of 2018 – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 286

Date: 26 Dec 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This is episode 286 of our Community Broadband Bits podcast! Community Broadband Bits is a short weekly podcast featuring interviews with people building community networks or otherwise involved with Internet policy.… Read More

Anti-Municipal Broadband Bill In Michigan Pulls No Punches

Date: 16 Oct 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Torpedo legislation aimed at municipal network initiatives don’t usually appear in October, but Michigan’s year-round legislature is making 2017 atypical. Last week, Freshman Representative Michele Hoitenga from the rural village of Manton in Wexford County introduced a bill banning investment … Read More

California Lawmakers Vote Against Rural Constituents for High-Quality Broadband Access

Date: 29 Sep 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

California Legislators have turned on their constituents living in rural areas who want to participate in the 21st century online economy. What began as a move in the right direction – allocating substantial resources to funding high-speed Internet infrastructure – … Read More

Indiana Eases Easements For Electric Cooperatives, Allows Fiber Infrastructure Investments

Date: 14 Jun 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The State Legislature in Indiana sent SB 478 to Governor Eric Holcomb earlier this session; he recently signed the bill into law. Also known as the Facilitating Internet Broadband Rural Expansion (FIBRE) Act, the new law allows electric cooperatives with … Read More

Press Release: Newly Introduced Maine Bill Would Limit Local Authority over Broadband Infrastructure Investment

Date: 25 Apr 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Maine State Representative Nathan Wadsworth (R-Hiram) introduced a bill to revoke local authority over building Internet networks needed by local businesses and residents. The one-time Maine state ALEC chair introduced HP 1040 (also cross filed as LD 1516) to advantage the big cable and telephone monopolies.… Read More

Press Release: Tennessee Sends Broadband Accessibility Act of 2017 to Gov. Haslam’s Desk

Date: 12 Apr 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

With this bill’s passage, the Tennessee General Assembly will likely not pass any other broadband legislation during this session. The Broadband Accessibility Act won’t improve Tennessee’s rating as 29th in Internet connectivity, but it will do a great job of lining AT&T’s pockets. As we’ve tracked throughout the session, there are a number of bills worth supporting that would actually increase connectivity and allow municipalities to take part in their own broadband future.… Read More

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