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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 28, 2010

Why Does Target have a Subsidiary in Bermuda?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/why-does-target-have-subsidiary-bermuda/

A growing number of big corporations are using offshore tax havens to escape paying U.S. taxes. A recent estimate suggests big companies are dodging at least $37 billion a year — and, in so doing, gaining a significant competitive advantage over small businesses. Continue reading

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Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jul 27, 2010

ACORN deserves an apology, too

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/acorn-deserves-apology-too/

Shirley Sherrod has her job back and a presidential apology. ACORN is still waiting. The cases are remarkably similar. Both Sherrod and ACORN were demonized by highly edited videos appearing on right-wing websites and widely publicized by Fox News and conservative radio hosts. In both cases the mainstream media and the federal government rushed to… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 21, 2010

ILSR Explains Broadband on “MN This Week” Radio Interview

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/ilsr-explains-broadband-mn-week-radio-interview/

Christopher Mitchell, Director of the Telecommunications as Commons Initiative, joins Curtis Beckmann on "MN This Week" to discuss broadband networks.  The 30 minute program discusses problems with existing broadband networks, the lack of competition, how and why communities have built their own networks, and a variety of other topical subjects.  Listen here.

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | 1 Comment | Updated on Jul 20, 2010

Christopher Mitchell Discusses Broadband Networks on “MN This Week”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/christopher-mitchell-discusses-broadband-networks-mn-week/
Christopher Mitchell, Director of the Telecommunications as Commons Initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, joins Curtis Beckmann on "MN This Week" to discuss broadband networks.  The 30 minute program discusses problems with existing broadband networks, the lack of competition, how and why communities have built their own networks, and a variety of other topical subjects.  

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Article filed under Deconstruction, Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 19, 2010

“Green” Deconstruction of Highland Park Home First in Texas

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/green-deconstruction-of-highland-park-home-first-in-texas/

The deconstructing of a house is under way in North Texas, and all for the purpose of going “green.” Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Banking | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 14, 2010

Taking Financial Reform into Our Own Hands

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/taking-financial-reform-our-own-hands/

How do we change course and revive a banking system that is more local and responsive to the needs of communities? Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 2, 2010

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Won’t Allow PACE liens

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/fannie-mae-and-freddie-mac-wont-allow-pace-liens/

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have told federal regulators and plan to release additional guidance indicating that the senior lien status of PACE liens is not acceptable.  This declaration comes despite recent articles highlighting the minimal impact of PACE liens on the lenders’ balance sheets, White House and DOE support for the program, and the 23 states who have enabled Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing. Continue reading

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Article filed under Banking | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 22, 2010

Credit Unions Hang Tough, See Surge in Deposits

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/credit-unions-hang-tough-see-surge-deposits/

In the perilous aftermath of one of the worst financial disasters in U.S. history, one might expect credit unions — which, after all, are mostly tiny by the standards of the banking industry and operated on a cooperative, not-for-profit basis — to be struggling. But data from the last 18 months show that the country’s 7,600 credit unions are in fact outperforming big banks and rapidly expanding their market share. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | 2 Comments | Updated on Jun 22, 2010

Cities Take On AT&T, Time Warner and Verizon

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/cities-take-att-time-warner-and-verizon/

A battle is raging for control of the Internet and it is not taking place in Washington. Scores of cities, fed up with the recalcitrance and outright arrogance of their providers and Washington’s lack of action are taking their information future into their own hands by building their own high-speed networks. To Harold DePriest, head of Chattanooga’s municipally owned fiber network, currently the largest in the country, the issue is clear: “Does our community control our own fate or does someone else control it?” Continue reading