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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 22, 2013

Longmont Friends of Fiber Rallies Supporters, Preps for Referendum Fight

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/longmont-friends-fiber-rallies-supporters-preps-referendum-fight

Longmont’s City Council and municipal power and communications utility are getting serious about bringing fiber to the people. We reported earlier this month about the decision to allow voters to decide how fast they want that next generation network. Longmont Power and Communications (LPC) already plan to expand the existing network to households and businesses… Continue reading

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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 21, 2013

Walmart’s Latest “Buy America” Sham

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/walmarts-latest-buy-america-sham/

In a way, Walmart’s Buy America program represents the home stretch of the economic transformation the company set in motion decades ago, when it set out to replace the American middle class, rooted in small business ownership and unionized jobs, with a vast underclass that has little choice but to rely on Walmart’s shoddy, short-lived products. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 21, 2013

Governments Should Focus on Infrastructure Despite False Statistics Peddled by NY Times and Others

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/governments-should-focus-infrastructure-despite-false-statistics-peddled-ny-times-and-others

Having just read the New York Times story “Most of U.S. is Wired, but Millions Aren’t Plugged In,” I was reminded that even the top mainstream telecom journalists really have little understanding of what they write. This is a bit ranty but comes back together constructively at the end. I just read that “nearly 98… Continue reading

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Article filed under The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 20, 2013

The Results Are In: On the Death Penalty, Alabama is the Worst of the (Just About) Worst

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/results-in-death-penalty-alabama-worst-just-about-worst/

For several decades the United States stood alone among industrialized country in still allowing criminals to be put to death.   In the last 20 years, as more and more nations have abandoned the death penalty as barbaric—140 at last count—the United States finds itself on a rapidly shrinking list that includes China, Iran, Yemen and… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 20, 2013

Spanish Fork Discusses Stunning Success – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #60

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/spanish-fork-discusses-stunning-success-community-broadband-bits-podcast-60

The Spanish Fork Community Fiber Network (SFCN) is an incredibly successful HFC cable network in Utah. It delivers television, telephone, and Internet access at incredibly low rates to most of the community despite competition from Comcast. Located south of Provo, Spanish Fork has a population of 35,000. Director of Information Systems and SFCN Director John… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 19, 2013

Television Consumer Freedom Act Promises More Choices

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/television-consumer-freedom-act-promises-more-choices

On August 14th, Christopher Mitchell and I visited Senator Amy Kobuchar’s office in Minneapolis. We arranged the meeting in coordination with Free Press and the Media Action Grassroots Network to talk with our Senator about the Television Consumer Freedom Act, also known as S.912. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) are sponsoring this effort… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 16, 2013

Book Review: Garbology – Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/book-review-garbology-dirty-love-affair-trash/

ILSR president, Neil Seldman, reviews a recent book by Pulitzer Prize-wining writer, Edward Humes, titled “Garbology.” Humes wisely observes, recycling is America’s last line of defense against waste, when it should be the last. His book contains an excellent concise history of how the US became addicted to garbage and the socioeconomic and environmental dilemmas of today. It also introduces us to extraordinary individual activists and entrepreneurs attempting to solve problems, and provides useful summary charts and tables to further inform readers. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 16, 2013

Stop the Presses: Washington Discovers Mergers Reduce Competition, Increase Prices

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/stop-presses-washington-discovers-mergers-reduce-competition-increase-prices/

In 1985 the United States was home to 24 airlines.  Today there are 7.  The Justice Departments under Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush II and Obama welcomed all mergers. Then in August 2013 the antitrust division of the Justice Department suddenly discovered why there is an antitrust division. According to the New York Times, “But… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 16, 2013

Baltimore Once Again Considering Publicly Owned Options

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/baltimore-once-again-considering-publicly-owned-options

Back in 2010, we reported on the City of Baltimore and its frustration with Comcast and desire to have a real choice for Internet access. Nothing came of the idea at the time but the Baltimore Business Journal reports that Baltimore is once again considering the possibility of a publicly owned network. The Board of… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 15, 2013

“We Can Never Make Enough Money” CEO Tells Ever-Poorer Workers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/we-money-ceo-ever-poorer-workers/

“Caterpillar has pioneered a two-tier wage system in which workers hired after a certain date are consigned to a significantly lower wage scale than others and it recently pressed its longer-term employees into accepting a six year wage freeze.  Many Caterpillar workers ask why the company insisted on a pay freezer when it reported repeated… Continue reading