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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on May 5, 2014

International Conversation on Zero Waste, May 2014

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/international-conversation-waste-2014/

During a recent e-mail interchange, Mal Williams of Zero Waste Wales, Plasnewydd, Cardiff, reported on disappearing waste in that country. In order to maximize efficiency, add value to collected recyclables and reduce available materials for incineration, co-mingled recycling (single stream), is being phased out. Nancy Gorrell, Berkeley, CA commented: Hooray for Wales! Here in Berkeley,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 5, 2014

“DIY Tools and Strategies for Communities Google Fiber is NOT Calling” Webinar from Blandin May 8th, 3 – 4 p.m.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/diy-tools-and-strategies-communities-google-fiber-not-calling-webinar-blandin-may-8th-3-4-pm

The Blandin Foundation is hosting another informative webinar on May 8th from 3-4 p.m. central. This free webinar will focus on some of the most common issues facing communities that want to move forward with broadband initiatives. Ron Corriveau of COS Systems will offer his expertise. The webinar is titled “DIY Tools and Strategies for… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 5, 2014

“To the Point” Talks With Christopher on Munis and Net Neutrality

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/point-talks-christopher-munis-and-net-neutrality

Public radio KCRW in Santa Monica recently interviewed Chris Mitchell as part of a panel on “To the Point.” Host Barbara Bogaev spoke with Chris, U.S. Representative Anna Eshoo, Christopher Ali from the University of Virginia, and Gautham Nagesh from the Wall Street Journal. Federal regulators are unveiling a plan that would create fast and slow… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on May 5, 2014

A Little Tapped City Strategy for Boosting Local Renewable Energy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/tapped-city-strategy-boosting-local-renewable-energy/

Many cities served by private utilities think they have little capacity to encourage local renewable energy development.  But a largely untapped tool – utility franchise contracts – may hold the key. There are two kinds of city energy systems: publicly owned or privately owned. Cities with municipal utilities already have the power to implement the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 4, 2014

Resort Town In Utah Seeks Partner to Expand Economic Base with FTTH

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/resort-town-utah-seeks-partner-expand-economic-base-ftth

Park City wants to be one of the first resort communities to employ an FTTH gigabit network. Currently, over 22 million visitors come to the northern ski town each year bringing approximately $500 million in tourist spending. The community of 7,600 permanent residents seeks to diversify its economic base. According to a recent Park City… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 2, 2014

Wheeler Tells Cable Industry He Intends to Remove Anti-Competitive State Laws

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/wheeler-tells-cable-industry-he-intends-remove-anti-competitive-state-laws

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is prepared to roll back restrictions that prevent local governments from deciding if a municipal network would be a wise investment. At the Cable Show Industry conference in Los Angeles, Wheeler told cable industry leaders the FCC will wield its powers to reduce state barriers on municipal networks. Wheeler spoke before… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on May 1, 2014

One City Utility is Carbon Neutral, Today – Episode 21 of Local Energy Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/city-utility-carbon-neutral-today-episode-21-local-energy-rules/

It’s one thing to own your utility and have a commitment to renewable energy, but it’s another thing to deliver. The municipal utility in Palo Alto, CA, set an ambitious target of 33% renewable energy by 2015 and to ultimately deliver a carbon neutral electricity supply. They will reach 48% renewable power in 2017 and… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 1, 2014

Ian Masters Interviews Christopher Mitchell on Background Briefing from Los Angeles

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/ian-masters-interviews-christopher-mitchell-background-briefing-los-angeles

Christopher Mitchell recently spoke with Ian Masters on the Background Briefing show from KPFK-FM in Los Angeles. Masters connected with Chris to discuss the increasing importance of community networks in light of recent court decisions: Network Neutrality and the court’s interpretation of section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. From the Background Briefing website: Then finally… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on May 1, 2014

Amazon’s Big Assist from Government

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/amazons-big-assist-government/

A new study finds Amazon’s sales drop in states where it is required to collect sales taxes, revealing what Jeff Bezos has undoubtedly known for years: the company’s success, its track record of shuttering local businesses, is as much a product of government favoritism as it is of its own ingenuity. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 1, 2014

Chris Mitchell to Speak at American Independent Business Alliance Conference, May 8 – 11

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/chris-mitchell-speak-american-independent-business-alliance-conference-may-8-11

The American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) brings the 2014 Go Local, Grow Local Conference to downtown Minneapolis May 8 – 11. Christopher Mitchell will speak at the conference on Friday, May 9, at 3:45 central. Chris will speak on creating local environments that help entrepreneurs thrive, including community networks.  AMIBA began in 1997 in Boulder,… Continue reading