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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 17, 2017

Grant County, Oregon, Starts Planning Internet Infrastructure Project

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/grant-county-oregon-starts-planning-internet-infrastructure-project/

With funding from the state to jumpstart their initiative, the city of John Day in Grant County, Oregon, is working with local communities to deploy fiber to nearby Burns. The infrastructure will bring better connectivity to local residents in the mostly rural community.   Beginning Of A Plan City Manager of John Day Nick Green told… Continue reading

Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 10, 2017

Portland, OR says no to burning 200K tons of garbage

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/portland-or-says-no-to-burning-200k-tons-of-garbage/

On August 8, 3027, The Portland Metro Council rejected a proposal from a Covanta incinerator to receive one-fifth of the tri-county region’s garbage at its Brooks, OR facility. No less than 15 organizations including the Portland Branch of the NAACP, Oregon Physicians for Social responsibility and Neighbors for Clean Air. Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on May 18, 2017

Tech Startup Allows Communities to Support Local Businesses – Episode 20 of the Building Local Power Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/tech-startup-local-businesses-episode-20-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

This week in Building Local Power, we’re discussing independent businesses and the communities that support them. Host Christopher Mitchell and ILSR co-director and Community-Scaled Economies initiative director Stacy Mitchell interview Katrina Scotto di Carlo from Portland, Oregon. di Carlo is the co-founder of Supportland (now called Placemaker), which work to bolster independent businesses by offering new marketing and technological… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Oct 20, 2016

Energy Policies on the 2016 Ballot, Two Weeks Out

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/energy-policies-at-the-ballot-two-weeks-out/

This is an update of analysis done back in June, state-by-state information has been updated, however, conclusions have largely been left the same, see the original post here. Citizen-sponsored ballot initiatives frequently demand progress on renewable energy implementation (and have for years), oftentimes these occur when state legislatures show little to no political will to increase locally-owned… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 23, 2016

SandyNet Increases Speeds, Keeps Low Prices

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/sandynet-increases-speeds-keeps-low-prices/

This post was written by ILSR intern, Alex Dangel. On July 4th, Sandy, Oregon’s municipal fiber-optic network, SandyNet, permanently increased the speed of its entry-level Internet package from 100 Megabit per second (Mbps) to 300 Mbps at no additional cost to subscribers. The city announced the speed boost for its $39.95 per month tier in a… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jun 2, 2016

2016 Election – Energy Policies at the Ballot

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/2016-election-energy-policies-at-the-ballot/

Citizen-sponsored ballot initiatives frequently demand progress on renewable energy implementation (and have for years), oftentimes when state legislatures show little to no political will to increase locally-owned solar or wind energy. In 2016, more states than ever before placed items on their ballots to change the energy landscape. Sponsored by citizen groups, legislators, and (sometimes) energy industry giants, these… Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Nov 9, 2015

SandyNet Goes Gig: A Model for Anytown, USA

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/sandynet-goes-gig-a-model-for-anytown-usa/

Many of the most beautiful communities in the United States are in remote areas where incumbent cable and telephone companies have decided not to offer modern, high-quality Internet connectivity. Sandy, Ore., is one of them. Some 10,000 people live there among the lush green forests and beautiful vistas of the “Gateway to Mount Hood,” 25… Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jul 8, 2015

Gig City Sandy: Home of the $60 Gig

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/gig-city-sandy-home-of-the-60-gig-2/

    Located at the foot of Mount Hood in Oregon, Sandy’s municipally-owned full fiber network offers gigabit Internet service for under $60 to every resident in the city. Sandy is one of the few municipal FTTH networks that has been built without having a municipal electric department. The Institute for Local Self-Reliance released this… Continue reading

Article filed under Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 27, 2015

Cascade Alliance Network Grows Stronger

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/cascade-alliance-network-growing-stronger/

A unique network of eight social service agencies gathered in Eugene, OR last month. The Cascade Alliance meeting was the coming out event for the network of East Coast agencies along with their anchor organization, Saint Vincent De Paul of Lane County. The agencies located in cities from Lowell, MA to Orlando, FL have become entrepreneurs,… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 15, 2015

SandyNet Now Offering Gigabit FTTH in Oregon

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/sandynet-now-offering-gigabit-ftth-in-oregon/

Back in September, SandyNet announced that its FTTH gigabit network was officially up and running. The utility will continue to expand and eventually bring the network to all 4,000 households. Light Reading recently spoke with Joe Knapp, Sandy’s IT Director and general manager of the broadband utility about the new offering. With a population of… Continue reading