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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 20, 2012

New Community Broadband Map

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

We have re-launched the interactive community broadband map! The new version allows you to hide or show layers and now incorporates our other map showing state barriers to publicly owned networks. This is a screenshot: We are excited to have the ability to hide / show layers as it will enable us to continue adding… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 19, 2012

Radio Interview about Rural Broadband in Washington

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/radio-interview-about-rural-broadband-washington

Christopher Mitchell spoke with Gavin Dahl about community broadband on KYRS, a community radio station in Spokane, Washington, on April 11. The discussion touched on legislation in Washington that could have encouraged rural broadband deployment by area public utility districts and why the private sector is not getting the job done. We also discussed the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 18, 2012

Mendocino County Local Leaders Want to Leave the Slow Lane Behind

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/mendocino-county-local-leaders-want-leave-slow-lane-behind

VisitMendocino.com sums up this northern California community as a peaceful and serene: “Mendocino County, where rugged coastline, breathtaking beaches, picturesque villages, majestic redwood forests and America’s Greenest Wine Region beckon you to escape to a slower pace.” While the people of Mendocino County love life in the slow lane, they would love a fast lane for the Internet. Mendocino… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | 2 Comments | Updated on Apr 18, 2012

US Post Office Best Deal in the World

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/post-office-deal-world/

The US Post Office needs money.  As this chart shows, US postal rates, at 45 cents for a first class stamp, are the lowest in the world, often by far, excluding a few small island countries.  Yet Congress, the Postal Regulatory Commission, set up by Congress in 2006 to oversee the Post Office, has proven… Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Apr 17, 2012

A Devastating Critique of the World Bank’s Love Affair With Water Privatization

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/devastating-critique-world-banks-love-affair-water-privatization/

In the 19th century, small private companies in U.S. and European cities supplied water only to those who could pay a premium. Then came epidemics of cholera and other waterborne illnesses, which vividly illustrated the widespread stakes for public health and human life and invigorated the political will needed to make a shared commitment to… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by admin | 3 Comments | Updated on Apr 17, 2012

Top 10 Ways Walmart Fails on Sustainability

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/top-10-ways-walmart-fails-sustainability/

Since 2005, Walmart has been making splashy announcements and issuing slick reports to highlight its environmental and social responsibility efforts. In this new brief, Food & Water Watch and ILSR contend that the world’s largest retailer fails to live up to its promises and continues to ignore the fundamental problems with its business model that harm the environment, undermine healthy food choices, and exacerbate poverty. Continue reading

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Article filed under Biomaterials | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 17, 2012

SBC Co-chair to Keynote the Biopolymer World Congress

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/sbc-co-chair-keynote-biopolymer-world-congress/

Sustainable Biomaterials Collaborative co-chair, Jim Kleinshmit, will keynote the Biopolymer World Congress in Italy Monday, April 23, 2012. His talk will be on sustainable sourcing and the concerns about and opportunities for biopolymer feedstocks. Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 16, 2012

Ontario’s Feed-in Tariff Program is a Good Investment

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/ontarios-feed-in-tariff-program-good-investment/

ILSR Senior Researcher John Farrell gave this presentation remotely to the Ontario Power Perspectives conference on April 16, 2012.  He was supposed to be there in person, but he forgot to renew his passport.  The presentation highlights how Ontario’s “buy local” rule, bonuses for community ownership and focus on distributed generation make their feed-in tariff… Continue reading

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

Collaboration Alive and Well In Wisconsin Broadband Expansion

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/collaboration-alive-and-well-wisconsin-broadband-expansion

Wise people say that collaboration often leads to a better result than individual efforts. Recently, I was reminded of the benefits of different levels of collaboration, as they relate to community networks, in two separate articles about fiber-optic expansion in Wisconsin. First, is a recent Randy Happel article in Trenchless Technology, about how UW-Extension is… Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Apr 16, 2012

Tax Day. Time to Demolish Some Common Myths

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/tax-day-time-demolish-common-myths/

Tax Day 2012 is upon us. And given the centrality of taxes as an election issue, it would be accurate to say that Tax Year 2012 is upon us. To inform the tax debate, the Citizens for Tax Justice, one of the most competent of any groups on this subject, has provided the data rebutting… Continue reading