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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

Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jun 10, 2010

ILSR Responds to The New York Times

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/commentary-ilsr-responds-to-the-new-york-times/

April 2010 An editor of The New York Times asked Neil Seldman to respond to the Times article by Elizabeth Rosenthal, (Europe Finds Clean Energy in Trash, but U.S. Lags) The comment was published in the Times discussion forum, Room for Debate. Environmental questions are not the primary concerns of many in the U.S. who oppose… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 3, 2010

Energy Self-Reliant States Get A Boost From New Federal Study

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/energy-selfreliant-states-get-boost-new-federal-study/

A new study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) reinforces the findings of a 2009 report by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR).  The ILSR report, Energy Self-Reliant States, concluded that all 50 states could generate at least 25 percent of their electricity needs from in-state renewable energy while 31 could generate over 100 percent.  Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jun 1, 2010

Investing in Zero Waste: Some Lessons for L.A.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/investing-in-zero-waste-some-lessons-for-l-a/

Zero Waste is becoming the new conventional wisdom when it comes to handling municipal solid wastes. Public and private sector investors are staking claims to growth industries and doing well. At the same time, however, there are lemons and pitfalls to avoid. In the last few months, for example, it was announced that two successful… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jun 1, 2010

Success and Change in ILSR’s Deconstruction Program

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/success-and-change-in-ilsrs-deconstruction-program/

After 10 years of research, advocacy, implementation, and technical assistance to promote the development of building deconstruction across the US, ILSR is declaring victory. The Department of Housing and Urban Development took tentative steps a few years ago to allow deconstruction projects to be eligible under HOPE VI projects for public housing authorities and recently… Continue reading