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Article filed under General | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 19, 2012

Join ILSR Today in Strengthening Local Communities!

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

Since 1974, ILSR has championed local self-reliance, a strategy that underscores the need for humanly scaled institutions and economies and the widest possible distribution of ownership. Click and Contribute Today! To our donors and partners, thank you for joining us as we work towards a prosperous future built from the bottom up. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Dec 19, 2012

Should We Subsidize Giving?

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

Robert J. Shiller, Professor of Economics and Finance at Yale recently weighed in with his perspective on subsidizing charity with a New York Times column whose title clearly conveys his message: “Please Don’t Mess With the Charitable Deduction.” There is a case to be made for charitable deductions.  Regrettably, this isn’t it. Shiller offers three… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 19, 2012

Coop Status for Burlington Telecom? Maybe…..

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/coop-status-burlington-telecom-maybe

Burlington Telecom may be headed for some changes. Due to the mismanagement of the prior Burlington Mayor Administration, the network took on an unsustainable amount of debt and damaged its reputation. Some of the plans to make the network sustainable again involve privatizing it. Unfortunately, as we have seen with public power privatizations, such an… Continue reading

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Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Young Activist Club | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Dec 18, 2012

Foam Fight: It’s Not Easy to Replace Foam Lunch Trays with Greener Options, School Officials Say

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

ILSR’s Brenda Platt assists the Young Activist Club in its efforts to eliminate the use of polystyrene (commonly referred to as styrofoam) in their school and community. This article highlights the barriers the students are facing as they continue their years long effort. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 18, 2012

Community Broadband Bits 26 – Josh Wallace, Palo Alto

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-bits-26-josh-wallace-palo-alto

This week, Josh Wallace from the City of Palo Alto Utilities joins us to talk about the City’s dark fiber network for episode 26 of the Community Broadband Bits Podcast. Josh describes how the dark fiber network connects businesses, offering incredibly high capacity connections at affordable flat rate pricing. The utility charges an upfront fee… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | 2 Comments | Updated on Dec 18, 2012

The Headlines Say It All. When Guns Are Involved, People Die

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/headlines-all-guns-involved-people-die/

A letter to the editor in today’s New York Times succinctly makes the case that when guns are involved, people die. When they’re not, people are hurt. To the Editor: The New York Times, Dec. 15, 2012: Page A1: “Gunman Massacres 20 Children at School in Connecticut.” Twenty children shot, 20 died. Page A9: “Man… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 18, 2012

Christopher Mitchell on Gigabit Nation Today

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/christopher-mitchell-gigabit-nation-today

I am going to be on Gigabit Nation today with Craig Settles, a live call-in show, from 2-3 Eastern time. You can listen online here both during the show and after, when the recording will be made available. Listen to internet radio with cjspeaks on Blog Talk Radio Craig put together this summary: Local governments’… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 17, 2012

AT&T, Others Overcharge Subscribers Based on Secret Bandwidth Meters

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/att-others-overcharge-subscribers-based-secret-bandwidth-meters

Imagine going to a gas station, putting 10 gallons into your car’s 12 gallon tank, and driving off only to find your needle only approaches half a tank? This scenario is quite rare because government inspects gas stations to ensure they are not lying about how much gasoline they dispense. But when it comes to… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 2 Comments | Updated on Dec 17, 2012

We Need to Get Ready for a Solar Rooftop Revolution [Infographic]

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/get-ready-solar-rooftop-revolution/
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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Dec 14, 2012

Rooftop Revolution Reports

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

By 2022, over 38 million homes and businesses could get solar power from their own rooftop, pay less for electricity, without any subsidies for solar. These two reports, published in 2012, outline the growth potential for local solar power and the coming rooftop revolution. Click to see more of our Rooftop Revolution resources. Continue reading