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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 15, 2013

Verizon Caught Forcing Customers to Take Voice Link Service Across New York

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/verizon-caught-forcing-customers-take-voice-link-service-across-new-york

The war over keeping copper alive rages on in New York with more stealthy antics from Verizon. Stop the Cap! now reports that, rather than wait for a hurricane to take out the copper lines in the Catskills, it will quietly shift seasonal home owners to VoiceLink as they request reconnection. Stop the Cap! also… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 12, 2013

FCC Decides Not to Collect Key Data For No Good Reason

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/fcc-decides-not-collect-key-data-no-good-reason

The FCC does not have a good sense of what is happening outside DC in terms of broadband availability and data. This has been a conscious choice – it has refused calls (even those made by the FCC itself) to collect useful data that would lead to data-driven policies to encourage the investment we need…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 11, 2013

AT&T Lobbying Likely to Increase Wisconsin School, Library Telecom Costs

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/att-lobbying-likely-increase-wisconsin-school-library-telecom-costs

The University of Wisconsin recently withdrew from its contract with WiscNet, threatening the future of the network. Stop the Cap! reports the University bowed under pressure from Republican lawmakers and threats of litigation from the likes of AT&T, CenturyLink, and the Wisconsin State Telecom Association (WSTA). Costly litigation could interrupt UW’s research and educational work and UW must… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 10, 2013

Winchester, Massachusetts, Defeats Plan for Town and School Technology Fund

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/winchester-massachusetts-defeats-plan-town-and-school-technology-fund

Winchester, Massachusetts, recently offered voters the chance to create a special fund earmarked for school and government technology infrastructure. The question came during the special election to fill an empty Senate seat vacated by Secretary of State John Kerry. The technology fund proposal, to be funded by taxpayers, did not pass but offers an interesting… Continue reading

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

Tennessee Town Tullahoma Tells us Why They Built a Network – Community Broadband Bits Episode #54

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/tennessee-town-tullahoma-tells-us-why-they-built-network-community-broadband-bits-episode-54

For our 54th episode of the Community Broadband Bits podcast, we are back in Tennessee to interview Brian Skelton, General Manager of the Tullahoma Utilities Board. They built the network in 2008 and have weathered the tough economy, meeting the business plan while greatly benefiting the community. This is a particularly content-rich interview, covering the… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jul 8, 2013

Does the Citizens Recycling Movement Face a Hostile Takeover?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/does-recycling-movement-face-hostile-takeover/

Neil Seldman provides an update and review of recycling and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) developments based on his interviews with recycling practitioners,  local officials and environmental leaders. Download the policy review. Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jul 8, 2013

Is the $236 Billion Recycling Sector Threatened by a Hostile Takeover?

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

For decades the US recycling movement has fought garbage incinerators that threatened to smother it in its infancy. Indeed, recycling is now a $300 billion industry in large part because of the success of a broad grassroots movement in halting the construction of hundreds of new incinerators. But, according to a policy review by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, the specter of a revived incineration industry is again threatening the recycling industry and, ironically, this threat is being enabled by the application of new environmental strategy intended to increase re-use and recycling: Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). In British Columbia, for example, the EPR program has embraced the construction of three new incinerators. Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 8, 2013

Small Iowa Town’s Telecom Utility Long Time Coming: Broadband Bits #53

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

Waverly, a town of 10,000 in Iowa, decided to create a city owned telecommunications utility with a successful referendum vote in 2000 but has only recently decided to move forward with a major investment to offer services. Mike Litterer, Interim General Manager of Waverly Light and Power, joins us to discuss the project. Following the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 8, 2013

Rockbridge Area Network Authority Close to Launch in Virginia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/rockbridge-area-network-authority-close-launch-virginia

The Rockbridge Area Network Authority (RANA) is almost ready to launch its open access network in north central Virginia, home to about 22,000 people. A recipient of the BTOP stimulus program, the main focus is connecting community anchor institutions and spurring economic development. However, it has been built to allow service providers to also offer… Continue reading

Towards a Localist Policy Agenda
Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 5, 2013

Towards a Localist Policy Agenda

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

To regenerate local businesses, we’ll need more than Buy Local campaigns; we’ll need to change public policy, which now favors big business. In this presentation, Stacy Mitchell looks at seven key policy areas to focus on. Continue reading