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Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Dec 6, 2013

Earning Rewards For Recycling

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

Neil Seldman authored an article published in the October 2013 issue of BioCycle. One of the remarkable stories about recycling in the U.S. is the intensive and creative approaches to introduce it even though, at first, recycling was an add-on cost to solid waste management. This occurred during the 1970s and 1980s when small businesses… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Dec 6, 2013

Airline Deregulation: A Triumph of Ideology Over Evidence

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/airline-deregulation-triumph-ideology-evidence/

In November, in what history may judge the ultimate triumph of ideology over evidence, the U.S. Department of Justice dropped its lawsuit against the merger of American Airlines and United Airways. It is altogether fitting that the green light for allowing just 4 airlines to control 85 percent of the domestic market was given by… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 6, 2013

Columbia, Missouri Hires Consultant for Fiber Network Review and Recommendations

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/columbia-missouri-hires-consultant-fiber-network-review-and-recommendations

The City Council of Columbia is moving forward with efforts to improve connectivity in the town of 113,000. In November, elected officials hired a consultant to analyze the community’s current infrastructure and develop a broadband plan. According to a Tribune article, the initiative will be a collaborative effort between the City, Boone County, and the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 5, 2013

Cedar Falls Schools Get 1 Gig from Cedar Falls Utilities

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/cedar-falls-schools-get-1-gig-cedar-falls-utilities

As of December 2, students and staff in Cedar Falls schools have access to 1 gig Internet service from Cedar Falls Utilities (CFU). The WCF Courier reports that the Board of Education recently decided to switch from the Iowa Communications Network (ICN): Doug Nefzger, the district’s financial officer, said though Des Moines-based ICN has been a… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Dec 5, 2013

The #1 Solar Utility is in…Iowa? – Episode 12 of Local Energy Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/1-solar-utility-in-iowa-episode-12-local-energy-rules/

It may be one of the oldest cooperative utilities in the country, but in the next six months, Farmers Electric Cooperative (FEC) of southeastern Iowa will be leading the nation in this 21st century energy source. Upon completion of a new solar array, the 640-member cooperative will have over 1,500 Watts of solar per customer… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 5, 2013

Op-Ed: Baltimore Makes Smart Move with Fiber Investment

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/op-ed-baltimore-makes-smart-move-fiber-investment

On November 25, the Baltimore Sun ran this opinion piece by me regarding Baltimore’s approach to expanding Internet access in the city. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake recently spoke the plain truth: “You can’t grow jobs with slow Internet.” This simple statement is the best explanation for why Baltimore is examining how it can use existing… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 4, 2013

SpringNet Continues Driving Jobs and Revenue for Local Community

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/springnet-continues-driving-jobs-and-revenue-local-community

A year has passed since we covered SpringNet in Springfield, Missouri, and its remarkable impact on local businesses and economic development. We recently spoke with SpringNet Director, Todd Murren, and Network Architecture Manager, Todd Christell, to get an update on how the network is progressing. Demand for SpringNet’s high-speed data services continues to grow steadily…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 4, 2013

Oklahoma Free Wi-fi: Can Muskogee Follow Ponca City’s Lead?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/oklahoma-free-wi-fi-can-muskogee-follow-ponca-citys-lead

Muskogee, located in east central Oklahoma, is considering free Wi-Fi across the community to boost economic development. As a model, community leaders are looking at Ponca City. A recent Muskogee Phoenix article quoted the Interim City Manager: “Our hope is that the public Wi-Fi initiative will distinguish us from other cities when it comes to… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under General | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 4, 2013

Building a Better Economy: ILSR’s 2013 Annual Report

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/annual-report-2013/

2013 was a big year for ILSR.  We successfully countered attempts by big corporations like Walmart, Xcel Energy, and Time Warner Cable to expand their market power and override local decision-making authority.  And we worked with communities and policymakers across the country to advance new models and policies that build strong, sustainable, locally owned economies…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by David Milavetz | No Comments | Updated on Dec 3, 2013

Georgia Town Eliminates Local Tax With Network Revenue

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/georgia-town-eliminates-local-ta/

Thomasville belongs to Community Network Services (CNS), serving six communities in southwest Georgia. Thanks in part to revenue generated by the network, this community of 18,000 has eliminated its local fire tax. In 2013, Thomasville is estimated to earn a net income of up to $8.5 million from its utility services while keeping prices affordable… Continue reading