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Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Apr 7, 2014

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Getting Interesting

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/extended-producer-responsibility-epr-interesting/

The discussions on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) are getting interesting. While there is little controversy over EPR for hazardous items which have no economic value and pose threats to public health and the environment, there is grave concern about EPR for materials that have robust markets, paper, plastic, organic, metal and glass materials. Advocates of… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 7, 2014

City of Urbana Passes Resolution Supporting FCC Section 706 Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/city-urbana-passes-resolution-supporting-fcc-section-706-authority

The Illinois community of Urbana, home of UC2B, recently passed a resolution in favor of FCC’s section 706 authority. The community’s fiber project is bridging the digital divide in this community of 41,000. On March 17, the City Council voted unanimously to support the FCC as it considers action to discourage, prevent, and remove state… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 7, 2014

Greening or Greenwashing? Illinois Cities’ Use of RECs Shows Challenges with Local Aggregation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/illinois-cities-greening-or-greenwashing/

A recent report from the World Wildlife Fund (and others) touts how city energy aggregation is “unleashing” renewable energy in Illinois. Buying electricity on behalf of their residential and small business customers, nearly 100 Midwestern cities have purchased renewable energy credits (RECs) along with their energy supply, giving their electrons a questionable aura of green… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 5, 2014

Blandin Webinar on Minnesota Broadband Grants Now Archived and Available

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/blandin-webinar-minnesota-broadband-grants-now-archived-and-available

The Blandin Foundation held an informative webinar on March 13 that is now ready for viewing.  If you were not able to attend the webinar, this is a great opportunity to learn more about grants available through the Blandin Community Broadband Program (BCBP). There are six active programs that focus on broadband. Mary Magnuson from… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 3, 2014

The Leading Community Energy Aggregator – Episode 19 of Local Energy Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/leading-community-energy-aggregator-episode-19-local-energy-rules/

Community choice aggregation describes a situation where a town can become the bulk buyer of electricity on behalf of its residential and small business customers. Such local aggregations serve about 5% of utility customers in Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and California, but it’s Marin Clean Energy in California that stands above the crowd for… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 3, 2014

Process Matters: Harold Feld’s Guide to the Time Warner Cable/Comcast Merger

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/process-matters-harold-felds-guide-time-warner-cablecomcast-merger

The proposed Comcast/Time Warner Cable deal will be on everyone’s mind for many months to come. Thanks to Harold Feld, it is now possible to follow the process as it moves forward. Feld began a series of posts earlier this month that map out the review as it moves from the Department of Justice Antitrust… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 3, 2014

GovTech Covers Famous Free Wi-Fi in Oklahoma

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/govtech-covers-famous-free-wi-fi-oklahoma

Ponca City’s free Wi-Fi has attracted attention over the years. A recent article in Government Technology focuses on the free Wi-Fi service and reveals the secret behind Ponca City’s jewel – their municipal fiber network.  From the article: So what makes Ponca City’s wireless network a long-term success, and what suggestions do city officials have… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 3, 2014

Bill to Boost Broadband in Minnesota Struggles in Legislature

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/bill-to-boost-broadband-in-minnesota-struggles/

In a revealing video about the Internet access problem in rural Minnesota, Annandale City Administrator Kelly Hinnenkamp describes her town’s struggle with connectivity. The video is the latest in a series on the Minnesota Senate DFL YouTube page intended to shed light on the critical situation in the state. Hinnenkamp describes broadband in the areas… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 1, 2014

FCC Rural Broadband Workshop Video

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/fcc-rural-broadband-workshop-video

In case you missed it, you can still stream the FCC’s Rural Broadband Workshop. The announcement describes the event: The workshop will include an examination of the broadband needs of rural populations and the unique challenges of both broadband deployment and adoption in rural areas.  In addition, the discussion will highlight the economic, educational, and healthcare… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 1, 2014

Understanding the Georgia Communications Cooperative – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #92

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/understanding-georgia-communications-cooperative-community-broadband-bits-podcast-92

While at the SEATOA Conference in Raleigh last week, I met Mike Foor, the President and CEO of the Georgia Communications Cooperative (GCC). Given the important role GCC is playing in expanding great Internet access in rural Georgia, we wanted to interview him for Community Broadband Bits. Back in episode 46, we spoke with Paul… Continue reading