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filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Oct 13, 2014

Correcting Community Fiber Fallacies: The Reality of Lafayette’s Gigabit Network

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

In just the last year the Lafayette Utility System (LUS) gigabit network has attracted 1300 high-tech jobs. Chairman Wheeler praises the network for doing what many communities hope to do, but cannot because of state laws limiting municipal broadband networks. Critics are desperate to discredit the network, using false statements and misinformation. The Reason Foundation released a paper by… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 30, 2014

The National Champion of Local Business

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

The Atlantic’s CityLab, September 26, 2014 The chichi clothing store Anthropologie has nearly 200 stores worldwide, and Stacy Mitchell thinks that’s plenty.  What has earned her ire in particular is the twee retailer’s pending arrival in Portland, Maine, where Mitchell grew up and now lives. This seaside city is often cited as one of America’s… Continue reading

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Featured filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 30, 2014

All Hands On Deck: Minnesota Local Government Models for Expanding Fiber Internet Access

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

Minneapolis, MN —In 2010 the Minnesota legislature set a goal: universal access to high speed broadband throughout the state by 2015. As 2015 approaches we know that large parts of Greater Minnesota will not achieve that goal, even as technological advances make the original benchmarks increasingly obsolete. But some Minnesota communities are significantly exceeding those… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Sep 24, 2014

REPORT: Advantage Local – Why Local Energy Ownership Matters

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/report-advantage-local-clean-energy-ownership-matters/

Solar and wind projects can mean big bucks for communities – but only if they keep them local! Why does ownership of renewable energy matter? Because the number of jobs and economic returns for communities are substantially higher when electricity generation from wind and sun can be captured by local hands. Read Full Advantage Local… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Sep 24, 2014

REPORT RELEASED: Advantage Local – Why Local Energy Ownership Matters

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

Solar and wind projects can mean big bucks for communities – but only if they keep them local! That’s a key takeaway from Advantage Local: Why Local Energy Ownership Matters, a new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR). The report shows that local control and ownership of renewable energy gives towns and cities… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 6, 2014

Two Cities With Blazing Internet Speed Search for a Killer App

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/cities-blazing-internet-speed-search-killer-app/

The New York Times, September 6, 2014 KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A team of computer programmers here set out to learn how many cute kitten photos can be downloaded in one second on their Internet network, one of the fastest in the country. The answer: 612. A trivial pursuit? Perhaps. But when your city has… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2014

Faster Internet? FCC Could Overturn State Bans on Cities’ Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/faster-internet-fcc-overturn-state-bans-cities-networks/

USA Today, August 1, 2014 Chattanooga, Tenn., is the unlikely poster child for fast, affordable high-speed Internet.  It’s the first city in the nation to offer all residents and businesses up to gigabit-per-second Internet — about 50 times faster than what the Federal Communications Commission says is the national average. But laws in 19 states… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Energy | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2014

$1 Groupon Coupon for Rooftop Solar Energy Finds 800+ Takers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/1-groupon-coupon-rooftop-solar-energy-finds-800-takers/

Inside Climate News, August 1, 2014 Over 800 people across the United States took advantage of a novel online deal to get a discount setting up solar panels on their rooftops. One of America’s top solar companies, SolarCity, partnered with the coupon website Groupon for the offer. For $1—the price of a regular cup of… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Energy | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 25, 2014

Wind power production tax credit: Wall St. wolf in green clothing

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/wind-power-production-tax-credit-wall-st-wolf-green-clothing/

The Hill, July 25, 2014 The tax incentive for wind power expired last year, and the battle over its extension is now underway. Opponents say the wind power production tax credit, PTC, is a wasteful boondoggle while supporters say it’s crucial for renewable energy and jobs. The Sierra Club calls it “one of the best… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jul 24, 2014

Formal Petitions Filed on Behalf of Community Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/formal-petitions-filed-behalf-community-networks/

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance praises Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken of Minnesota for leading the growing list of organizations committed to defending the authority of communities to make their own decisions when it comes to build the Internet networks of tomorrow. Continue reading