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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Sep 11, 2013

Defending the Public Good: FDR’s Portland Speech

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/defending-public-good-fdrs-portland-speech/

A month before the 1932 election, Franklin Roosevelt traveled to Portland, Oregon to deliver a speech about government and governance. Some 80 years later, his talk, given in the depths of the Depression to a nation that had yet to accept that government should play an important role, remains one of the clearest and most… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Sep 11, 2013

Review: 40 Years of Curbside Recycling

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/review-40-years-curbside-recycling/

ILSR president, Neil Seldman, reviews “40 Years of Curbside Recycling: A Celebration of Our Culture’s Greatest Environmental Movement” published by Waste & Recycling News in August. Seldman finds some some curious lapses in their recounting of history but finds that the essays and tables presented will significantly add to the growing literature of recycling. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 10, 2013

Jim Baller on the History of Municipal Networks, Part II on Community Broadband Bits Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/jim-baller-history-municipal-networks-part-ii-community-broadband-bits-podcast

Jim Baller is back again for the second show in our series on the history of municipal broadband networks. He is the President of the Baller Herbst Law Group in Washington, DC, and a long time advocate for both community owned networks specifically and better access to the Internet for all more generally. We kicked… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 9, 2013

Well Worth Watching: The Internet Must Go

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/well-worth-watching-internet-must-go

The Internet Must Go is a fun look at a serious topic: how big cable and telephone companies are trying to make us pay more for less access to the Internet. Please watch and share! Video:  Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 7, 2013

California’s Smallest Incorporated City to Extend Fiber to Residents

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/californias-smallest-incorporated-city-extend-fiber-residents

Residents of Vernon, California, will soon have the option to connect to the City’s fiber optic network. Vernon offers dark and lit fiber to local businesses via 35 miles of fiber but residents are stuck with slow DSL connections. An EGPNews.com article reports: City officials say they hope to bridge the digital gap for its… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Sep 5, 2013

A “shot across the bow” for Real. Local. Power.

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

In 2011, citizens of Boulder, CO, opted to oust their monopoly, corporate electric utility for a locally owned, cleaner, more affordable model despite being outspent 10-to-1.  They’ve since shown that a locally owned utility could deliver 54% renewable energy, lower greenhouse gas emissions by half, and all at a cost as good or better than… Continue reading

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

Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority Takes Shape

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/roanoke-valley-broadband-authority-takes-shape

The Star reports that the Roanoke City Council unanimously voted to work with surrounding communities to form a broadband coalition. We reported Roanoke County,  Botetourt County, Salem and the town of Roanoke were in the process forming the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority. Local community leaders took the first step in Roanoke, where the community has… Continue reading

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

Washington State Law Change Transformed Fiber Project in Poulsbo

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/washington-state-law-change-transformed-fiber-project-poulsbo

The story has been updated to fix errors. The original story described the project as a partnership but we have since learned it is a project of the Kitsap Public Utility District that is encouraged by the City. We reported on Poulsbo, Washington, last fall after the community began a wireless pilot project providing a… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Sep 3, 2013

How Organizing is Giving the City of Minneapolis a Better Energy Future

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/organizing-giving-city-minneapolis-energy-future/

For decades the energy future of Minneapolis was in the hands of others: meaningful change around cleaner energy was left to the state, affordability and reliability overseen by a virtually impenetrable public utility commission, and local energy generation largely a dream. Until a local, grassroots campaign suggested that the city turn a mundane contract renewal… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 3, 2013

Countering Crazy Talk, Volume 3, for Episode #62 of Community Broadband Bits Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/countering-crazy-talk-volume-3-episode-62-community-broadband-bits-podcast

Lisa Gonzalez and I are back with another back and forth reaction to some of the crazy claims made by opponents of community owned Internet networks. This is something we started with Episode 50 and continued in Episode 55. For volume 3 of our Crazy Talk series, we address some recent claims made in opinion… Continue reading