Montgomery Co. MD Bill Requires Distributed Composting

Date: 14 Jul 2016 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On June 28, 2016, Montgomery County Council (Maryland) Vice President, Roger Berliner, introduced legislation to require the development of a comprehensive composting and food recovery strategic plan. The bill might be the first in the country to stipulate a diverse and distributed plan that considers food rescue, backyard composting, community scale composting, on-site institutional and commercial composting, … Read More

“The Secret Side of Global Trade” – David Morris, International Forum on Globalization

Date: 8 Jan 2015 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris, Podcast, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In 1995, David Morris spoke at the Riverside Church about localism and globalism. In his 15-minute speech David maintains that globalization and gigantism and absentee ownership were not inevitable but the result of public policies. We make the rules, and the rules make us. And the rules we’ve made, especially over the last 50 years, have enabled and encouraged an economic and political system where those who make the rules are separated from those who feel the impact of those rules. … Read More

Celebrate Independence with 3 Steps Toward Energy Self-Reliance

Date: 2 Jul 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Being from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, I’m often asked, “You want everyone off-grid and independent with their own solar array and a battery, right?” In a word, no. But our mission of economic and energy self-reliance has several similarities to the kind of (economic) independence being sought by England’s American colonists in the 1770s and celebrated … Read More

Announcing: The Coalition for Local Internet Choice

Date: 10 Jun 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We are excited to announce a new effort to restore and preserve local decision-making authority when it comes to public private partnerships and Internet infrastructure investment. The Coalition for Local Internet Choice, CLIC, will work to ensure communities can make these decisions for themselves. Mission statement:   The Coalition for Local Internet Choice – CLIC – represents … Read More

Christopher Mitchell Speaks in Sweden at Fiber Event

Date: 4 Mar 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In February, ILSR’s Christopher Mitchell travelled to Stockholm to share our work on broadband at an event titled Fibre: The key to creating world-class IT regions. On February 21st, he presented info to attendees on the status of broadband in the U.S. While Chris was there, he also spoke one-on-one with Anders Broberg, one of the … Read More

Barry Lynn Talks Monopolies on the Community Broadband Bits Podcast

Date: 26 Feb 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In Episode #83 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast, we bring you Barry Lynn to talk about the direct and indirect threats that make market consolidation dangerous. There are many threats from monopolies and many are much more dangerous to a free society than higher prices. Lynn is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation and author … Read More

Self-Reliance Podcast Episode 1: Local Self-Reliance in the Modern Economy

Date: 30 Jan 2014 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris, Podcast, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

What is the role of local self-reliance in the modern economy? As world travel, global commerce, and communications across the oceans bring us closer together, the role of localism changes. In our inaugural podcast episode, we bring together three ILSR veterans to look at the issue. Christopher Mitchell, Director of the Telecommunications as Commons initiative at … Read More

Lessons Learned from Seattle and Gigabit Squared; The Challenge of Open Access

Date: 24 Jan 2014 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This article by Christopher Mitchell originally ran on MuniNetworks.org, our site dedicated to broadband and community networks.  To finalize our series on reflections from Seattle and Gigabit Squared, I discuss open access networks and how the requirement that a network directly pay all its costs effectively dooms it in the U.S. Read part one here and … Read More

Circuit Court to FCC: You Can Restore Local Authority to Build Community Networks

Date: 16 Jan 2014 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This article originally ran January 15 on MuniNetworks.org, our site dedicated to broadband and community networks. Our analysis zeros in on the Court’s take on local authority, an issue near and dear to our mission at ILSR.  As we noted yesterday, the DC Circuit of Appeals has decided that the FCC does not have authority to implement its … Read More

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