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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 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

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

Cities Petition FCC to Remove State Barriers to Broadband Competition

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/cities-petition-fcc-remove-state-barriers-broadband-competition/

Government Technology, July 24, 2014 The fight over cities’ rights to own, operate and expand community broadband networks now has a new battleground – the FCC. Wilson, N.C.; and Chattanooga, Tenn.; filed a petition with the Commission on July 24 to remove state laws that prevent them from offering broadband services outside of their established… Continue reading

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jul 22, 2014

Media Roundup: Blackburn Amendment Lights Up Newswires

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/media-roundup-blackburn-amendment-lights-newswires/

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

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jul 14, 2014

Composting Key to Soil Health and Climate Protection, According to Two New Reports

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/composting-key-soil-health-climate-protection-reports/

Two new reports on composting could help communities reduce waste and build healthy soil to support local food production and protect against the impacts of extreme weather from droughts to heavy rainfall. These are among the findings of Growing Local Fertility: A Guide to Community Composting and The State of Composting in the U.S.: What, Why, Where & How released by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR). Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 12, 2014

Amazon’s loathsome tax scheme: How behemoths defeat Main Street — and how we can stop them

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/amazons-loathsome-tax-scheme-behemoths-defeat-main-street-stop/

Salon, July 12, 2014 A motley group of boomers and millennials recently filed into Scottish Rite Center on the shores of Lake Merritt in Oakland, California, to talk about economics. Dressed casually in denim, lace and cotton and sporting dreadlocks, bobs and buzz cuts, these small-business owners hailed from rural bergs, little towns and long-neglected… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jul 9, 2014

Working Partner Update: Austin Gets $1 Million Grant for Eco-Industrial Park

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/working-partner-update-austin-1-million-grant-eco-industrial-park/

ILSR and the City of Austin, Texas, have been working partners since the late 1980s, when a coalition of environmental groups, small businesses and progressive City Councilors rejected a garbage incinerator already under construction. The City Council closed down the project and initiated a path toward recycling, composting and use of low cost landfill which… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 8, 2014

D.C. Waste Bill Supported by Environmental Groups; Mayor Gray Seeks Delay

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/d-c-waste-bill-supported-environmental-groups-mayor-gray-seeks-delay/

Examiner.com, July 8, 2014 The D.C. Council’s second vote on a bill to reduce the amount of city garbage dumped in landfills or sent to incinerators is scheduled for July 14, 2014. But D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, a proponent of sustainability, has sought to delay the bill. Imagine three different colored garbage cans in… Continue reading