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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 19, 2012

Highland Schools in Ohio First to Connect to Medina County Fiber Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/highland-schools-ohio-first-connect-medina-county-fiber-network

Quite some time ago, we let you know about the plans and funding for the Medina County Fiber Network (MFCN). The network, owned by the Medina County Port Authority (MCPA) began construction in March, 2011, and is nearing completion. Jennifer Pignolet, reported in the Medina GazetteOnline, that the network just signed on their first customer,… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under General | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 18, 2012

Community Broadband Bits – Our New Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/community-broadband-bits-podcast/

About a month ago, we launched our new podcast series – Community Broadband Bits!   Each episode is a 10-15 minute interview with key people in the fascinating world of community broadband networks.   You can subscribe via iTunes or stream it directly from our companion web site – Muninetworks.org Here is a list of the… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 5 Comments | Updated on Jul 18, 2012

Local Ownership Makes Communities Healthier, Wealthier and Wiser

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/local-ownership-healthier-wealthier-wiser/

Most policymakers don’t imagine that their economic development decisions will affect such things as voter turnout or the prevalence of chronic disease. But a growing body of research is finding that scale and ownership of business matter in ways that extend far beyond economic outcomes. Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 17, 2012

Local Energy Choice with Community Choice Aggregation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/local-energy-choice-community-choice-aggregation/

Local Energy Choice with Community Choice Aggregation from John Farrell A presentation by ILSR Senior Researcher John Farrell to the National Strategy Meeting of the Local Energy Aggregation Network (February 2012) on the potential for community choice aggregation policy to increase local clean energy development.  For more on this policy, you may also like our… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jul 17, 2012

Recycling Stimulates Economic Development

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/recycling-stimulates-economic-development/

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the U.S. recycling movement benefitted from the decentralized nature of our government. Today in the midst of the Great Recession, decentralized recycling is proving its worth to the country once again. The recycling industry has created well over 1 million jobs and is projected to add another million jobs as recycling levels continue to divert more and more material to industry and agriculture. The following stories introduce just a fraction of the new job creating and job sustaining endeavors from around the U.S. Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 17, 2012

Brave New EPR World and Its Resource Monopolies

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/brave-epr-world-resource-monopolies/

Imagine a world in which there were state-mandated middleman organizations that contracted for and controlled the recovery of all discarded resources. That’s the brave new world of EPR, much of which is in place in British Columbia, and which is even today helping US legislators write laws to bring us resource monopolies that might ask for exemption from antitrust laws. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 17, 2012

Community Broadband Bits 4 – Kevin Kryzda, CIO of Martin County, Florida

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-bits-4-kevin-kryzda-cio-martin-county-florida

The fourth episode of Community Broadband Bits features Kevin Kryzda from Martin County, Florida. We discuss their county-owned network that is saving millions of dollars for the community — as detailed in our case study published last month. Activists that want to encourage publicly owned broadband in their communities should familiarize themselves with the cost… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 16, 2012

South Carolina’s "Exceptions" To Anti-Community Broadband Law are Worthless

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/south-carolinas-exceptions-anti-community-broadband-law-are-worthless

South Carolina’s H3508 has passed the legislature, been signed by Governor Nikki R. Haley, and has revoked local authority to build the broadband networks they need to create new jobs. Last week, we noted some of the coverage about the bill. After reviewing the language of the bill, we are astonished at how far the Governor and… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 15, 2012

Living in Another Financial Reality

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/living-financial-reality/

Sally Sorbello is a small business women and citizen activist from Frederick, MD. This letter to her local newspaper captures the essence of the case against a proposed incinerator. It is based on years of research and analysis of solid waste management in Frederick County and the state of Maryland. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 14, 2012

Roundtable Discussion on Bandwidth Caps and Broadband Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/roundtable-discussion-bandwidth-caps-and-broadband-networks

On Friday, July 13, I was a guest on TWiT Specials on the This Week in Tech Network, discussing bandwidth caps with Dane Jasper, Reid Fishler, and Benoit Felten. Hosted by Tom Merritt. It was a very good discussion over the course of one hour. Continue reading