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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 12, 2009

Low Power Radio Continues to Move Through the U.S. House

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/low-power-radio-continues-move-through-us-house/

The Local Community Radio Act (HR 1147)has passed the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet with a strong 15-1 vote. It is now moving back to the parent committee – the Commerce Committee.

This bill has strong grassroots support – with many diverse groups in support. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 8, 2009

Citizens Rally Behind Publicly Owned Wireless Network in Florida

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/citizens-rally-behind-publicly-owned-wireless-network-florida/

As we reported on MuniNetworks.org, the city of St. Cloud, Florida, has operated a free wireless network covering the entire city since 2006. They treat it as a public service and "CyberSpot" has been viewed as a premier success story, garnering awards for its performance. Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States, The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 5, 2009

New Proposed Climate Change Bill in Washington Is Simpler and More Equitable

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/new-proposed-climate-change-bill-washington-simpler-and-more-equitable/

On Sept. 22, in a speech to 100 world leaders gathered at the United Nations to discuss climate change, President Barack Obama declared the U.S. “determined to act.” But at the same time, word began to circulate on Capitol Hill that the Senate might be equally determined not to vote on the climate bill any… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 1, 2009

New Economic Environmental Sustainability Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/new-economic-environmental-sustainability-network-2/

Recycling and composting are just the beginning. J. Michael Huls, an activist and pioneer in the US recycling movement since 1970, and an adviser to cities and industry, has expanded his horizons to Smart Media. Huls has now introduced “Green Street Scene Worldwide Webcast Network.” This is an excellent source for products, services, actions, policies,… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 28, 2009

Chattanooga Launches Nation’s Largest Muni Fiber Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/chattanooga-launches-nations-largest-muni-fiber-network/

ILSR is pleased to congratulate Chattanooga, Tennessee, for building the largest publicly owned, full fiber network in the United States.  Chattanooga’s public power utility, EPB, began offering telephone, broadband, and television services on its network on September 15.

This broadband network will allow smart-grid applications for the electrical utility as well as offer local support, faster speeds for both uploading and downloading.

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 23, 2009

FCC Turns Attention to Network Neutrality, Ensuring an Open Internet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/fcc-turns-attention-network-neutrality-ensuring-open-internet/

The Chair of the Federal Communications Commission has taken a stand for network neutrality – the founding principle of openness of the Internet. In short, network neutrality means the entity providing you access to the Internet cannot interfere with the sites you choose to visit – it cannot speed them up or slow them down in order to increase their profits.  

Because most Americans get access to the Internet from large, absentee-owned profit-maximizing companies who are often de facto monopolies, we have to beware the gulf between community interests and the narrow interests of these companies. 

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Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Sep 23, 2009

ACORN: Federal Government’s Best Investment Ever

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/acorn-federal-governments-best-investment-ever/

To understand the current attacks on ACORN, and the organization itself, we need to go back more than 60 years, to the 1930s and the New Deal, when for the first time, the federal government accepted responsibility for directly helping the non-working poor. These programs were expanded in the 1940s, but in the 1950s, a… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 21, 2009

TRP Begins Green Jobs Training

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/trp-begins-green-jobs-training/

The ReUse Institute (TRI), the training and consulting arm of TRP, has been contacted in recent months by several municipalities, colleges, and employment-development organizations looking to provide job-training programs for their constituents. They recognize that deconstruction is an ideal portal through which qualified individuals can find well-paying, rewarding jobs in the green building industry. Two… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 18, 2009

The Definition of Broadband Matters Greatly

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/definition-broadband-matters-greatly/

As the Federal Communications Commission creates a National Broadband Plan for the United States, it will have to decide whether to revise its definition of broadband.  On one side, ILSR and others demand a robust definition to encourage greater network infrastructure investment.  On the other, telecommunications companies want to keep the existing definition so they can claim they serve nearly everyone. 

In all the wrangling over how we should define broadband, I wanted to step back and remember why the definition itself is so important. 

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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 3 Comments | Updated on Sep 18, 2009

Local Businesses Key to Rebuilding New Orleans’ Economy, Study Finds

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/local-businesses-key-rebuilding-new-orleans-economy-study-finds/

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, many of New Orleans’ locally owned businesses reopened within days of the floodwaters subsiding, while national chains kept their distance for months, even years. Now a new study finds that the city’s independent businesses are not only more resilient, but generate twice the economic impact of big-box retailers like Target, while consuming a fraction of the land. Continue reading