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We have experts available to explain public policy details and provide a perspective not normally found in mainstream discussions.   If you have a general question or want to arrange an interview please contact Rebecca Toews in our Minneapolis office at rebecca@ilsr.org or call 612-808-0689

 

ILSR News Releases and Selected Media Coverage

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ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jun 25, 2015

Will Maine Create a $500 Municipal Broadband Fund?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/will-maine-create-a-500-municipal-broadband-fund/

Government Technology, June 25, 2015 The state of Maine is firmly committed to municipal broadband — it just doesn’t want to pay for it. If Maine Gov. Paul LePage signs LD1185, the state will create a new fund that would endeavor to provide residents with a wider array of high-speed broadband providers in the coming… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Energy | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jun 1, 2015

Press Release: Public Rooftop Revolution

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 1, 2015 CONTACT: Rebecca Toews rebecca@ILSR.org (612) 808-0689 Public Rooftop Revolution In Public Rooftop Revolution, ILSR estimates that mid-sized cities could install as much as 5,000 megawatts of solar—as much as one-quarter of all solar installed in the U.S. to date—on municipal property, with little to no upfront cash.   Solar energy is in the… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on May 20, 2015

North Carolina sues FCC over municipal broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/north-carolina-sues-fcc-over-municipal-broadband/

IndyWeek, May 20, 2015 The lawsuit—technically, a “petition for review”—the state of North Carolina filed in federal court last week is, for a case rooted in weighty constitutional matters, fairly short, just two-and-a-half pages. The argument is straightforward enough: The Federal Communications Commission overstepped its constitutional bounds earlier this year when it preempted a state… Continue reading

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on May 8, 2015

How Washington Punishes Small Business

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

Small business looms large in American political rhetoric. From the campaign trail to the floor of the U.S. House and Senate, members of Congress love to evoke the diner and dry cleaner, the neighborhood grocer and local hardware store. Ensuring the well-being of Main Street, we might easily assume, is one of their central policy aims. The legislative track record tells another story. It is one in which the interests of big corporations are dominant, and many laws and regulations seem designed to bend the marketplace in their favor and put small, independent businesses at a competitive disadvantage. Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on May 4, 2015

Comcast Adjusts to Increasingly Complex, Competitive Landscape

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/comcast-adjusts-to-increasingly-complex-competitive-landscape/

IT Business Edge, May 4, 2015 Industries, to a greater or lesser degree, are led by their biggest companies. This is a particularly strong trait in the cable business because the franchising approach under which it operates means that there is almost no direct competition between multiple system operators. Thus, these companies can more easily,… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on May 4, 2015

Stop the Target creep into San Francisco

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/stop-the-target-creep-into-san-francisco/

San Francisco Examiner, May 4, 2015 Despite San Francisco’s reputation as a land of the strange, its neighborhoods are like a modern-day “Leave it to Beaver.”   This includes my home of the Richmond. Walking down Geary Boulevard past Nizario’s Pizza, I give a nod to the guy slingin’ slices: Robby Squyres Jr., a local muay… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Energy | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on May 4, 2015

Xcel plan to limit scale of Minn. community solar projects riles industry

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/xcel-plan-to-limit-scale-of-minn-community-solar-projects-riles-industry/

EnergyWire, May 4, 2015 What was on track to become the nation’s most ambitious community solar program is clouded with uncertainty after Minnesota’s largest utility said that within a month, it will disqualify most of the 560 megawatts of solar projects that have been proposed. In a filing with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission last… Continue reading

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by Olivia LaVecchia | No Comments | Updated on Apr 30, 2015

Public Officials Must Say No to Amazon’s Request for Tax Breaks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/public-officials-must-say-no-to-amazons-request-for-tax-breaks/

The news that Amazon wants to expand its footprint in Minnesota, but only if it wins significant public subsidies, should put both taxpayers and public officials on high alert. Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Energy | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 28, 2015

Xcel says it will limit size of Minnesota community solar

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/xcel-says-it-will-limit-size-of-minnesota-community-solar/

Midwest Energy News, April 28, 2015 After talks with solar developers reached an impasse, Xcel Energy announced plans Tuesday to strictly limit the size of community solar projects in Minnesota. In a letter to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, the state’s largest utility said it will prohibit developers from co-locating 1 megawatt (MW) gardens together… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 22, 2015

Composting to combat climate change

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

KGNU, April 22, 2015 It’s a true Rumpelstiltskin story. Who knew we could literally take a rotting vegetable and turn it into black gold.   Brenda Platt is the Co-Director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. She’s the Project Director for their Composting for Community project. She says that there is huge potential to increase composting… Continue reading