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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Nov 4, 2013

Five Steps To Save The Incredible Shrinking Post Office

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/steps-save-incredible-shrinking-post-office/

In July 2011 the United States Postal Service (USPS) management announced it would rapidly close 3600 local post offices and eventually as many as 15,000.  And shutter half the nation’s mail processing centers. A frenzy of grassroots activity erupted as citizens in hundreds of towns mobilized to save a treasured institution that plays a key… Continue reading

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

As Emmetsburg Plans to Vote on Muni Network, Mediacom Misinforms

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/emmetsburg-plans-vote-muni-network-mediacom-misinforms

The Iowa community of 4,000 will take up Public Measure D on November 5th. Voters will decided whether to approve a $3.5 million bond issue to cover approximately half the cost to build a FTTH system. Incumbent Mediacom is distributing flyers throughout the community urging a “no” vote. Community leaders are doing their best to… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Nov 1, 2013

Indie Trade Associations Form New Coalition

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/indie-trade-associations-form-coalition-2/

In an exciting new development for the local economy movement, seven independent business organizations have come together to launch the Advocates for Independent Business (AIB), a new coalition dedicated to ensuring that locally owned, independent businesses succeed and thrive. ILSR helped the coalition get off the ground and is coordinating its work. We think building a national coalition will give independent businesses a stronger voice on critical public policy issues. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Nov 1, 2013

Comcast Sets Sights on Seattle Mayor; Payback for Encouraging Competition

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/comcast-sets-sights-seattle-mayor-payback-encouraging-competition

In a reminder of the power embodied in massive corporations like Comcast, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is facing a challenger buoyed with sizeable contributions from the nation’s largest cable and Internet company. Why is Comcast so interested in defeating Seattle’s mayor? Payback and a warning to others. Lest any other big city mayors think it… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 1, 2013

Denver Suburb Seeks to Take Back Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/denver-suburb-seeks-take-back-local-authority

Centennial is asking its voters to reclaim local authority this election. City leaders want to make better use of an existing fiber optic system but a 2005 Colorado state law pushed by a corporate telephone company precludes it. If the citizenry reclaims its local authority through referendum, the City can take the next step toward… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 31, 2013

Sticking Points on Value of Solar – Pt. 3 of Minnesota’s Process

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/sticking-points-solar-pt-3-minnesotas-process/

Round 3 of Minnesota’s stakeholder process on the value of solar power (10/15/13) focused on the remaining unresolved tensions between stakeholders, and it started with a reminder of the charge, with quotes from the enabling law. A utility may apply to the Public Utilities Commission for a value of solar tariff that compensates customers through… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 31, 2013

Rhode Island’s Aquidneck Community Considers Last Mile Options

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/rhode-islands-aquidneck-community-considers-last-mile-options

Approximately 60,000 people live on Aquidneck Island in the towns of Portsmouth, Newport, and Middletown. The Ocean State Higher Education Economic Development and Administrative Network (OSHEAN) travels to the island but community leaders want to find a way to provide services to more residents, businesses, and institutions. OSHEAN is an under utilized middle mile network… Continue reading

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Article filed under Banking, The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 30, 2013

Small Businesses Figure Heavily in Goldman Sachs’ PR, But Not its Portfolio

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/small-businesses-figure-heavily-goldman-sachs-pr-portfolio/

By Stacy Mitchell and David Morris For years Goldman Sachs gave only a tiny fraction of its profits, less than 1 percent, to charity.  Then the depression hit and the huge bank was in the public’s crosshairs for its role in that collapse and the billions it continued to give out in bonuses. Even as… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Oct 30, 2013

Review: The Zero Waste Solution: Untrashing the Planet One Community At a Time

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/review-waste-solution-untrashing-planet-community-time/

A Review of The Zero Waste Solution: Untrashing the Planet One Community At a Time (By Paul Connett, published by Chelsea Green Publishing) Review by Neil Seldman, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Washington, DC Neil Seldman is President and co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR). He is a specialist in recycling and the history… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 30, 2013

Burlington’s Next Step: Become a Gigabit Community

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/burlingtons-next-step-become-gigabit-community

Burlington has seen ups and downs over the past few years but a new chapter is about to begin. The non-profit U.S. Ignite and the City are partnering to create BTV Ignite. The initiative will develop a gigabit community infrastructure and the applications that use it. With help from U.S. Ignite, Burlington will join the… Continue reading