Virginia’s Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority Recounts Progress Made in 2018

Date: 11 Dec 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As they look back over their accomplishments, the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority (RVBA) has more than the holidays to celebrate at the close of 2018. In addition to stimulating competition in the region, the RVBA network is attracting more investment and helping local nonprofits operate more efficiently.… Read More

Time-Lapse Video of Baltimore Bin Build

Date: 31 Oct 2018 | posted in: Composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In 2017, ILSR launched the Baltimore Compost Collective, a food scrap collection and composting service that is employing local youth in Curtis Bay. Read more about the project here. This year we helped organize a community bin-build of a second composting system in order to expand the site’s capacity to compost food scraps. Check out our 1.5 minute time-lapse video of the bin-build!… Read More

Webinar Resources: Entity Structure for Community Composters

Date: 25 Oct 2018 | posted in: Composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On November 14th, ILSR and the Sustainable Economies Law Center hosted a webinar, Entity Structure for Community Composters: Co-ops, Nonprofits, For-profits, Oh My! View the recording here! Cartoonist/attorney Janelle Orsi explained considerations related to cooperative, nonprofit, for-profit, and hybrid models, with the help of cake … Read More

These Minnesotans Are Fed Up With Internet Service from Frontier

Date: 14 Sep 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

People in Wyoming, Minnesota, gathered together on September 12th to bend the ear of officials from the state’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC). Ann Treacy from the Blandin Foundation attended the meeting and recorded most of the conversation from the 100 or so frustrated and fed-up folks. The meeting was one of five organized by the PUC after a record number of complaints by incumbent telephone and Internet access provider Frontier.… Read More

Video: Solutionary Perspectives Clean Energy, Community Economy, and Energy Democracy Webinar

Date: 5 Sep 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Earlier this summer, ILSR Energy Democracy Research Associate Marie Donahue participated in an online video series entitled Solutionary Perspectives, produced by the Backbone Campaign’s Solutionary Rails project. The recent episode “Clean Energy, Community Economy, and Energy Democracy” released last week focuses on the topic of community solar, highlighting on-the-ground examples from Maryland and key resources from ILSR.… Read More

Utah Internet Service Highlighted in Promo Video

Date: 13 Aug 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Spanish Fork, Utah, was recently highlighted in a promotional video touting the successes of its municipal Internet service. The video, produced by the trade group Internet Association, is all about economic development and growth — something this community of nearly 40,000 has seen since the municipality introduced the service back in 2001, and then subsequently upgraded to fiber.… Read More

New Grassroots Campaign for High-Speed Internet in Oregon

Date: 7 Aug 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Interest in broadband as a utility continues to rise across the country and in places where elected officials need a show of support, grassroots groups are stepping up. Recently in Portland, Oregon, a group of locals launched Municipal Broadband PDX, an effort to grow an already increasing momentum in the Rose City.… Read More

Internet Network Stars in Massachusetts Promo Vid

Date: 27 Jul 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The City of Westfield in western Massachusetts recently launched a new marketing initiative designed to attract business and promote sustainable growth. The GoWestfield campaign features a website and promotional video that focuses on showcasing the many incentives for businesses that the small city of around 41,500 offers, including an environment where businesses can thrive. As the city points out in the video, one of Westfield’s largest selling points is its high-speed fiber optic Internet network.… Read More

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