Brendan Greeley on Why We Need a Pro-Competition Political Party (Episode 40)

Date: 23 Feb 2018 | posted in: Building Local Power, MuniNetworks, Podcast, Retail | 0 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestmail

Economics writer Brendan Greeley joins Stacy Mitchell and Christopher Mitchell to discuss what we all get wrong when we talk about economic indicators and how he’s working to change that.… Read More

SCANA-Dominion Energy Utility Merger a Risky Deal for S.C. Ratepayers

Date: 14 Feb 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestmail

As monopoly utilities merge and grow bigger, they wield more power. This commentary advises South Carolina regulators, legislators, and residents to be cautious of a proposed takeover of SCANA by investor-owned utility Dominion Energy.… Read More

Community Broadband Pushed Out of Pinetops, N.C.

Date: 30 Jan 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestmail

After the North Carolina legislature has pulled out all the stops in keeping rural Pinetops from gaining and keeping municipal broadband connectivity by nearby Wilson’s Greenlight network for-profit ISP Suddenlink is stepping in to connect this community. This overview explains how the situation got to this point and the disparate power at play.… Read More

Paying Utilities for Performance

Date: 22 Dec 2017 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestmail

In most states with regulated, monopoly utilities, utilities are compensation based on two factors: energy sales and a return on capital spent, such as when they build a new power plant. In comments filed in late December, 2017, ILSR provides some context for basing utility compensation for its shareholders on actual performance.… Read More

Net Neutrality Repeal Threatens Some States More Than Others

Date: 20 Dec 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestmail

On December 14th, FCC Chair Ajit Pai and the Republican Commissioners voted to present a huge holiday gift to big ISPs by dismantling network neutrality, despite outcries from the American people. When we examined FCC data to determine how many Americans … Read More

Listen: Stacy Mitchell on “We the Podcast” with Rep. Keith Ellison and Lina Khan

Date: 19 Dec 2017 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestmail

Taking on Amazon. It’s a big subject. But in this episode of Rep. Keith Ellison’s podcast, “We the People,” ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell and Lina Khan of Open Markets join Rep. Ellison to talk about how to do just that — and why we need to. … Read More

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