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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Mar 6, 2014

Being a Gig City: It’s All About the Upload

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/being-gig-city-its-all-about-upload

This is the second in a series of posts examining a premier Gigabit Community – Wilson, North Carolina. The first post is available here. It’s all about the Upload. If you are the owner of a small engineering business with dense blueprints to send to your European clients, or a specialized country doctor who depends… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Mar 4, 2014

Are Cities Losing Control Over Smart City Initiatives?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/cities-losing-control-smart-city-initiatives/

Government Technology, March 4, 2014 From the thermostats on our walls to the sensors under the asphalt of our streets, digital technology – the so-called Internet of things – is pervading and infecting every aspect of our lives. As this technology comes to cities, whether lazy suburban ones or frenetic urban centers, it is increasingly… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 26, 2014

Small Businesses Want A Higher US Minimum Wage

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/small-businesses-higher-minimum-wage/

International Business Times, February 26, 2014 Boehner hasn’t threatened suicide lately, but he stands against raising the minimum wage. Doing so, he says, is bad for small business. Indeed, said Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, at a Washington meeting of the National Governors Association, over the weekend: “I’m not for increasing the minimum wage because… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Energy | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 22, 2014

Hawaii’s Test Case for Solar Grid Penetration

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Huffington Post, February 22, 2014 Two years ago, the state of Hawaii made history in the U.S. by becoming the first place where solar reached, and then exceeded grid parity with dirtier sources of energy. The Institute for Local Self Reliance published a study showing that even without any incentives, the simple payback for residential… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Energy | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 22, 2014

Study: Mpls. can reduce emissions and stay with Xcel

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/study-mpls-reduce-emissions-stay-xcel/

Minnesota Public Radio, February 22, 2014 A study has found Minneapolis can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions without going through the expensive process of creating its own electric utility. Minneapolis commissioned the $250,000 study last year amid a push from environmentalists to end the city’s relationship with Xcel Energy. The study recommended the city instead… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 19, 2014

Low Risk, High Reward – Ammon’s fiber-optic approach draws praise

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/risk-high-reward-ammons-fiber-optic-approach-draws-praise/

Idaho Falls Post Register, February 19, 2014 When it comes to fiber optics, the city of Ammon is pursuing a high-reward, low-risk strategy.  Christopher Mitchell, program director for the Institute for Local Self Reliance, a nonprofit tracking more than 400 municipal fiber networks, said he is impressed with Ammon’s effort. “They are definitely succeeding. When… Continue reading

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De Blasio’s Pick of Wiley Means Practical Paths to Lofty Goals

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The Nation, February 19, 2014 Yesterday Mayor Bill de Blasio picked another Bloomberg administration veteran, Emily Lloyd, to head the Department of Environmental Protection. It was another perfectly smart, sound, safe choice of an effective policymaker. It also was, like many of de Blasio’s personnel picks, at odds with the message of sweeping change that… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 18, 2014

Survey: Portland business owners disadvantaged compared with chains, Internet sellers

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Bangor Daily News, February 18, 2014 PORTLAND, Maine — About two-thirds of independent Portland businesses saw sales increases in 2013, but many reported struggling with high health insurance and marketing costs, according to the results of two surveys released this week by the organization Portland Buy Local. The surveys — which attracted the most responses… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 17, 2014

Cheap Words: Amazon is good for customers. But is it good for books?

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The New Yorker, February 17, 2014 Amazon is a global superstore, like Walmart. It’s also a hardware manufacturer, like Apple, and a utility, like Con Edison, and a video distributor, like Netflix, and a book publisher, like Random House, and a production studio, like Paramount, and a literary magazine, like The Paris Review, and a… Continue reading

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Summit County Buy Local campaign efforts outpace national results

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Summit Daily, February 17, 2014 A new nationwide survey of independent business owners shows pro-local attitudes are growing and driving customer traffic. In Summit County, the educational efforts of the Summit Independent Business Alliance (SIBA) have also helped improve a “Buy Local” mentality. The seventh-annual survey by the Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR) looked… Continue reading