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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 30, 2012

Community Broadband Bits 19 – John St. Julien from Lafayette

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-bits-19-john-st-julien-lafayette

Today we invited John St. Julien, of Lafayette Pro Fiber fame, on episode 19 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast. John was an essential piece of the organizing effort in Lafayette’s efforts to build its own community fiber network. In many ways, he has worked to ensure the “community” piece is emphasized over the “fiber”… Continue reading

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Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 30, 2012

Join ILSR at the 7th Annual Potomac Watershed Trash Summit

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/2012-trash-summit/

Join us at the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s 7th Annual Potomac Watershed Trash Summit. This event is a gathering of key stakeholders, including elected officials, government agencies, businesses and concerned citizens, to educate, dialogue, plan and take action on strategies that lead to a Trash Free Potomac Watershed. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 29, 2012

Audio of Dirty Trick Push Poll in Lafayette from 2005

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/audio-dirty-trick-push-poll-lafayette-2005

We sometimes fail to communicate the great lengths to which big cable and telecommunications companies will go to intimidate and scare voters into opposing a community broadband projects. They have deployed a variety of dirty tricks and we have done a poor job of cataloging them. But a recent phone call with John St. Julien… Continue reading

Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Oct 29, 2012

Promoting Compost-Amended Soils and Compost Related Products as Stormwater Management and Erosion Control Best Management Practices

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/1national-capital-region-organics-task-force-compost-amended-soil/

To join an ad hoc committee of the National Capital Region Organics Task Force that is supporting the adoption of policies and standards that promote compost-amended soils as watershed protection, email Bobby Bell bbell@ilsr.org.   Background Naturally occurring (undisturbed) soil and vegetation provide important stormwater functions including: water infiltration; nutrient, sediment, and pollutant adsorption; sediment and pollutant biofiltration;… Continue reading

Article filed under Biomaterials, Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 29, 2012

Innovative Management Strategies for Biopolymers

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

At this year’s International Biopolymers Symposium, Brenda Platt moderated a panel entitled, Innovative management strategies for End of Life, and provided opening remarks on the last day of the conference. As one of the chairs of the International Biopolymers Symposium, the Sustainable Biomaterials Collaborative has kept sustainable sourcing and end-of-life issues as prominent sessions. To read… Continue reading

Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Oct 29, 2012

Development of a Master Composter Training Program in the Washington, DC Region

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/national-capital-region-organics-task-force-mc/

If you are interested in supporting the development of a DC Region Master Composter Training Program, please contact Bobby Bell at bbell@ilsr.org. An active Master Composter Training Program is a key component of a successful decentralized community-based composting infrastructure. The National Capital Region Organics Task Force has agreed to support the development of a Master Composter… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 29, 2012

Antitrust Enforcement Yields Increased Investment in Wireless

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/antitrust-enforcement-yields-increased-investment-wireless

We have long argued that smart antitrust policy promotes investment and competition in the market. Allowing a few firms to consolidate too much power allows them to ignore our needs because we lack alternative service providers. In economic terms, they can use their market power to prevent market entry from innovative new firms. Harold Feld… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 27, 2012

Travel Back in Time with Trent Lott

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/travel-back-time-trent-lott

“I think the rural electric associations, the municipalities, and the investor-owned utilities, are all positioned to make a real contribution in this telecommunications area, and I do think it is important that we make sure we have got the right language to accomplish what we wish to accomplish here.” – Fmr. Sen. Trent Lott (R-Mississippi)… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 26, 2012

Protecting Local Authority Against ALEC and AT&T Attacks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/protecting-local-authority-against-alec-and-att-attacks

Forbes’ CIO Network carried this article co-authored by our own Christopher Mitchell and Todd O’Boyle, the Program Director for the Media and Democracy Reform Initiative at Common Cause. The same article also ran on the CommonBlog under the title “Debunking ALEC, Broadband Edition.” Why Communities Should Decide What Telecom Networks They Have Not long ago,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 25, 2012

Fiberhoods New Destination for Start-Up Businesses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/fiberhoods-new-destination-start-businesses

As more and more businesses consider broadband a critical utility, property demand reflects the need for high-speed Internet. In Kansas City, property designated as a future Fiberhood is already in high demand. Phillip Dampier reports in Stop the Cap! that tech businesses are relocating to get the jump on the gigabit fiber service, inching property… Continue reading