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Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Feb 20, 2012

Review of Recycling Reconsidered

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

Impressions of Recycling Reconsidered By Samantha MacBride Reviewed for GreenYes Listserve Ms. MacBride makes zero waste one of her central concerns. She provides the best description and analysis of the recycling movement I have seen to date. It is not perfect, but she captures the nuances that link and yet differentiate components of the movement…. Continue reading

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

Public Ownership of Networks Can Solve Broadband Policy Fights

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/public-ownership-networks-can-solve-broadband-policy-fights

We are running a guest commentary today. Eric Null is a third-year law student at Cardozo Law School in New York City. He is passionate about corporate and intellectual property law, as well a… Continue reading

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

Tech News Today: Georgia Hates the Internet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/tech-news-today-georgia-hates-internet

On Wednesday, Tech News Today on the This Week in Tech (TWiT) network had Christopher Mitchell on to discuss pending legislation in Georgia that would essentially outlaw publicly owned networks in the state.
I come on about 25 minutes, 45 seconds in… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 16, 2012

Honesty From Heartland: Munis Outgunned in Competition with Private Sector

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/honesty-heartland-munis-outgunned-competition-private-sector

The Heartland Institute is one of those organizations that will say anything its massive corporate funders want it to. It is embroiled in a scandal from the release of internal documents due t… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 16, 2012

Bloomberg: The Case for Publicly Owned Internet Service

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/bloomberg-case-publicly-owned-internet-service

Susan Crawford’s op-ed in Bloomberg makes a tremendous case for publicly owned broadband networks.
She notes the importance of broadband and the failure of big cable and DSL companies to meet… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 15, 2012

AT&T Trying to Redefine Broadband in Georgia, South Carolina

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/att-trying-redefine-broadband-georgia-south-carolina

The absurdity of AT&T’s push to define broadband as 200kbps is so great, it boggles the imagination. We developed the graphic below to highlight just how slow 200kbps connections are.

Feel free to spread it around. Higher quality pdf below.
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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 15, 2012

South Carolina Cable Association Also Wants to Limit Competition

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/south-carolina-cable-association-also-wants-limit-competition

Many complain about gridlock in Washington, DC, but I sometimes subscribe to the cynical counter-reaction that gridlock is great. It is when the Democrats and Republicans agree that Americans … Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 14, 2012

EPA’s Green Power Partnership Helps Big Corporations Greenwash

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/epas-green-power-partnership-helps-big-corporations-greenwash/

Update 4/23/13: EPA has updated its rankings to reflect green power as a percentage of total electricity use, accurately portraying Walmart’s paltry 4% renewable energy. While I generally have nothing but praise for the Environmental Protection Agency, their Green Power Partnership program falls short of the agency’s usual standard.  In particular, the program – providing… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 14, 2012

Bloomberg’s Susan Crawford Cites ILSR’s Municipal Broadband Work

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/bloombergs-susan-crawford-cites-ilsrs-municipal-broadband-work/

In an Op-Ed for Bloomberg, Susan Crawford highlights the advantages of publicly owned broadband. She notes that ILSR is tracking advances as more communities decide to build their own networks to ensure they are not lost in the race for advancement Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 13, 2012

Washington Legislation to Spur Rural Broadband Killed in Committee

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/washington-legislation-spur-rural-broadband-killed-committee

Lobbyists for major cable and DSL companies (Comcast, Frontier, and others) already earned their pay in Washington state this year by killing a bill that would have allowed some public utility … Continue reading