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Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Dec 26, 2017

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

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/2017-in-review-and-a-preview-of-2018-community-broadband-bits-podcast-286/

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. Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Nov 24, 2017

Commentary: Local Communities Deserve to Make their Own Choices

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/commentary-local-communities-deserve-to-make-their-own-choices/

This article was originally published in Port Huron Times-Herald on November 14th, 2017. Recently, a Michigan state lawmaker went viral on the Internet — but for the wrong reasons. Last month, state Rep. Michele Hoitenga filed a bill that would preempt local governments from spending public funds to build community broadband Internet networks. Across the country,… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 28, 2017

Court Sides With Louisville: One Touch Make Ready Is A-Ok

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/court-sides-with-louisville-one-touch-make-ready-is-a-ok/

Louisville has overcome a tall hurdle in its efforts to bring better connectivity and more competition to the community through local control. On August 16th the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky supported the city’s one touch make ready (OTMR) ordinance. AT&T challenged the ordinance in court, but their arguments fell flat… 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 May 11, 2017

Infographic: The Threat of Super-Preemption to US Cities

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/infographic-the-threat-of-super-preemption-to-us-cities/

Preemption at the state and federal level threatens local telecommunications authority, as we’ve seen in about 20 states. When state laws usurp local governments’ ability to decide how they improve poor connectivity, they disregard an understanding of local affairs that is unique to each community. Some states are threatening to take preemption another damaging step… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband, The Public Good | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Apr 20, 2017

Mayors Take on Preemption to Defend Local Solutions – Episode 17 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/defend-local-solutions-episode-17-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

Welcome to episode seventeen of the Building Local Power podcast. For full transcript of the podcast, click here. In this episode, Andrew Gillum, Mayor of Tallahassee, Florida and founder of the advocacy group, Campaign to Defend Local Solutions joins Christopher Mitchell, the director of ILSR’s Community Broadband Network’s initiative and Nick Stumo-Langer, ILSR’s Communications Manager for the latest episode… Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Mar 17, 2017

Listen: David Morris Speaks on Preemption

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/listen-david-morris-speaks-on-preemption/

In October 2010, David Morris spoke to the Environmental Grantmakers Association at their annual conference in California about the dangers of preemption. The talk may be even more relevant today, a time when red states increasingly are pre-empting the authority of communities to develop solutions to pressing economic and social problems.  Also offering comments on the… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Jan 26, 2017

Preemption, Local Authority, & Municipal Broadband – Episode 10 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/preemption-episode-10-of-the-building-local-power-podcast/

In this episode, John Farrell, the director of ILSR’s Energy Democracy initiative, interviews Christopher Mitchell (our usual podcast host) and Lisa Gonzalez of our Community Broadband Networks initiative. The three discuss the power of municipal broadband networks, how the power held in cities is integral to these projects, and the barriers put in place by cable monopolies to prevent these networks. Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Sep 9, 2016

The Public Good Newsfeed – September 9, 2016: Trophy Hunting, Racist School Closings, and more…

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-public-good-newsfeed-september-9-2016-trophy-hunting-racist-school-closings-and-more/

A selection of recent news stories with an ILSR insight into “The Public Good.” Stories in this Newsfeed: State Universities Chase Non-State Students | State Authority Trumps Local Democracy |Trophy Hunting: Unnatural and Unconscionable | Are School Closings Racist? | Why Have We Let the Most Wasteful and Corrupt Federal Agency Off the Hook? State Universities Chase Non-State Students For more… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Mar 31, 2015

Opportunities and Challenges as Lafayette Considers Muni Fiber Expansion – Community Broadband Bits Episode 144

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/opportunities-and-challenges-as-lafayette-considers-muni-fiber-expansion-community-broadband-bits-episode-144/

After we heard that Lafayette’s LUS Fiber was considering expanding to some nearby communities, we knew we had to set up an interview with Terry Huval, Director of the Lafayette Utilities System in Louisiana. In our interview this week, Terry and I discuss Lafayette’s success, the legacy of the law creating special barriers that only… Continue reading