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Featured Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Sep 20, 2014

Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders Advanced Composter Training Course in DC-MD

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

The Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders training program is a community composter train-the-trainer program with a community service component. This program was developed by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and ECO City Farms and is offered in partnership with the DC Department of Parks and Recreation. To apply: To apply for our fall 2014 training in DC-MD (November 1st… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Sep 19, 2014

Solar and the New (democratic) Energy Economy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/solar-new-energy-economy/

I spent three days this week with some of the biggest minds behind the “new economy” movement because their core theme – economic democracy – fits like a glove over ILSR’s work on democratic energy. The big takeaway? Solar power is the spark to energize a new energy economy from the bottom up. This new… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Sep 18, 2014

Review: Zero Waste: “Nil to Landfill” Is Now a Practical Goal

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/review-waste-nil-landfill-practical-goal/

Changes in solid waste management have indeed made a great social impact in the past few years. However, the Wharton School’s Social Impact report gives only a glimpse of how new expectations have shifted attitudes, technologies and practices about what recycling can do for a local economy in the near future. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 18, 2014

Local Tennessee Communities Rally Behind EPB

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/local-tennessee-communities-rally-behind-epb

As the FCC contemplates the fate of the Chattanooga EPB’s ability to expand to surrounding communities, some of those Tennessee communities are publicly announcing their support. The Town of Kimball and Marion County, both part of the Chattanooga metro area, have passed resolutions asking state legislators to reconsider Tennessee’s anti-muni law. The Times Free Press… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 17, 2014

Business, Education Call on Culver City to Invest in Muni Fiber in L.A. County

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/business-education-call-culver-city-invest-muni-fiber-la-county

Last fall, Culver City hired a consultant to develop a design and business plan for a possible fiber network project. Recently, prominent business leaders and parents of local school children have publicly expressed their support for a municipal network. Culver City, also known as “The Heart of Screenland” is situated in west L.A. County, surrounded… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 16, 2014

Free High-Speed Internet Coming to North Kansas City, Missouri

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/free-high-speed-internet-coming-north-kansas-city-missouri

Last year we reported on a deal between Google Fiber and North Kansas City. The provider entered into a long-term lease to use LiNKCity dark fiber to incorporate into its area deployment. The City recently announced it will now enter into a public-private partnership with DataShack to bring fiber to local businesses and residents. Residents… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 16, 2014

Sign Up Early for A Gig in Longmont, Colorado

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/sign-early-gig-longmont-colorado

If you are in Longmont, you can sign up for gigabit service from LPC for only $49.95 per month. The Longmont Compass reports that customers who sign up within the first three months will retain that price point for an as yet undetermined extended period. AND, that price stays with the home if the customer… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 16, 2014

Reflections on the Internet Governance Forum – Community Broadband Bits Episode 116

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/reflections-internet-governance-forum-community-broadband-bits-episode-116

This week, Lisa Gonzalez interviews me about my recent trip to the Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul, Turkey. The IGF is an opportunity for anyone concerned with Internet Governance on planet Earth to discuss the perceived problems and possible solutions. It uses a multi-stakeholder format, which means that governments, businesses, civil society, and academics are… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 15, 2014

ILSR Submits Comments to FCC in Support of Restoring Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/ilsr-submits-comments-fcc-support-restoring-local-authority

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance recently submitted comments on FCC petitions filed by Wilson, North Carolina and Chattagnooga, Tennessee. We have been following the proceedings that may prove to be the tipping point in the movement to regain local telecommunications authority. Our organization collaborated with eight other groups and two D.C. Council Members to provide… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Sep 15, 2014

Community Broadband Media Roundup – September 12

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-media-roundup-september-12

This week, you might have been tripped up by some infuriating “spinning wheels of death” on the Internet, but don’t worry, the slow-down was largely symbolic— at least for now. Fierce Telecom covered the Internet Slowdown Day protest on Wednesday, organized by “Battle for the Net.” It was designed to bring attention to what will happen… Continue reading