Takoma Park Students to Host “Love the Earth, Don’t Trash it” Victory Celebration

Date: 12 Feb 2015 | posted in: Press Release, waste - recycling, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

VICTORY! Over the last 6 years, the Takoma Park Young Activist Club has been campaigning to get toxic styrofoam lunch trays out of Piney Branch Elementary School. While MCPS and the Board of Education rejected the proposal for their single school dishwasher project, as of September 2014 MCPS did replace all styrofoam trays systemwide with paperboard trays.… Read More

DC City Council embraces zero waste planning

Last week, the DC City Council unanimously passed two key pieces of legislation: a styrofoam ban by food service businesses and a waste modernization bill. ILSR helped win passage of both bills in collaboration with many environmental and civic groups. Neither bill is perfect but necessary for future development of zero waste programs in the District. … Read More

Vote Expected Today on Blackburn Amendment Targeting Munis; Call D.C. Now!

Date: 16 Jul 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Last night, GOP Representative Marsha Blackburn, introduced an amendment intended to destroy local authority for telecommunications investment by severely limiting FCC funding. The amendment, introduced during debate on H.R. 5016, targets 20 states, many with state-erected barriers already in place and/or municipal networks already serving local communities. The vote was postponed but is expected today (Wednesday) … Read More

National Coalition Opposes Anti-Muni D.C. Legislation; Time to Call Your Rep!

Date: 15 Jul 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The National League of Cities (NLC), National Association of Counties (NACo), and National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) joined together this morning to send a letter to Congress expressing their opposition to anti-muni legislation being discussed in the House. As we reported yesterday, it is imperative that concerned constituents speak out against two anticipated … Read More

New Amendments Could Further Erode Local Telecommunications Authority!

Date: 15 Jul 2014 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

What You Can Do: Two new amendments will likely be added to an appropriations bill in Washington, that could have a devastating snowball effect in the drive for local authority. Right now, Rep. Blackburn from Tennessee is expected to offer the amendments on Tuesday or Wednesday. We anticipate the amendments to have wording that either restricts the FCC from … Read More

“Localism Over Consolidation” Discussion Streaming from New America Foundation

Date: 11 Jun 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

If you missed Chris in D.C. at the New America Foundation on May 28th, you can still catch the action via the archived presentation. Chris joined Joanne Hovis, Will Aycock, and Catharine Rice to discuss “Localism Over Consolidation: An Exploration of Public Broadband Options.” New America Foundation writes: Today, more and more communities are thinking of … 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

Our Look at DC Circuit Court of Appeals Network Neutrality Decision

Date: 15 Jan 2014 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This article originally ran January 14 on MuniNetworks.org, our site dedicated to broadband and community networks. In addition to the broader topic of Network Neutrality, the decision will affect local communities’ authority to serve their citizens. This is the first of a series of stories from Chris that analyze the potential impact of the decision and how it … Read More

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