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ILSR News Releases and Selected Media Coverage

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 19, 2014

Minnesota Local Governments Advance Super Fast Internet Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/minnesota-local-governments-advance-super-fast-internet-networks/

As in much of rural America, communities in Greater Minnesota struggle with connectivity. Some areas have no choice at all, forced to rely on dial-up or slow DSL. Others have an incumbent cable provider. A few local community leaders in Minnesota, conscious of the need for broadband to save public dollars, encourage economic development, and… Continue reading

filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Mar 11, 2014

GAO Says With Municipal Broadband, Pick Three – Better, Faster, Cheaper

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/gao-municipal-broadband-pick-better-faster-cheaper/

(Minneapolis, MN—March 10, 2014)  In a tough economic climate, a new report affirms that government investments in broadband infrastructure spur business efficiency. Today the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report, Telecommunications: Federal Broadband Deployment and Programs and Small Business, finding that “improvements to broadband service have resulted from federal funding and the… Continue reading

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 5, 2014

Santa Monica City Net: An Incremental Approach to Building a Fiber Optic Network

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

Santa Monica has built a fiber network called City Net that has lowered its own costs for telecommunications, helped to retain businesses, and attracted new businesses to the community. Built incrementally without debt, it offers a roadmap any community can draw lessons from. Unlike the majority of municipal fiber networks, Santa Monica does not have… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Mar 4, 2014

Are Cities Losing Control Over Smart City Initiatives?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/cities-losing-control-smart-city-initiatives/

Government Technology, March 4, 2014 From the thermostats on our walls to the sensors under the asphalt of our streets, digital technology – the so-called Internet of things – is pervading and infecting every aspect of our lives. As this technology comes to cities, whether lazy suburban ones or frenetic urban centers, it is increasingly… Continue reading

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 4, 2014

Christopher Mitchell Speaks in Sweden at Fiber Event

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

In February, ILSR’s Christopher Mitchell travelled to Stockholm to share our work on broadband at an event titled Fibre: The key to creating world-class IT regions. On February 21st, he presented info to attendees on the status of broadband in the U.S. While Chris was there, he also spoke one-on-one with Anders Broberg, one of… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 26, 2014

Small Businesses Want A Higher US Minimum Wage

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

International Business Times, February 26, 2014 Boehner hasn’t threatened suicide lately, but he stands against raising the minimum wage. Doing so, he says, is bad for small business. Indeed, said Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, at a Washington meeting of the National Governors Association, over the weekend: “I’m not for increasing the minimum wage because… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Energy | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 22, 2014

Hawaii’s Test Case for Solar Grid Penetration

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/hawaiis-test-case-solar-grid-penetration/

Huffington Post, February 22, 2014 Two years ago, the state of Hawaii made history in the U.S. by becoming the first place where solar reached, and then exceeded grid parity with dirtier sources of energy. The Institute for Local Self Reliance published a study showing that even without any incentives, the simple payback for residential… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Energy | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 22, 2014

Study: Mpls. can reduce emissions and stay with Xcel

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/study-mpls-reduce-emissions-stay-xcel/

Minnesota Public Radio, February 22, 2014 A study has found Minneapolis can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions without going through the expensive process of creating its own electric utility. Minneapolis commissioned the $250,000 study last year amid a push from environmentalists to end the city’s relationship with Xcel Energy. The study recommended the city instead… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 19, 2014

Low Risk, High Reward – Ammon’s fiber-optic approach draws praise

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/risk-high-reward-ammons-fiber-optic-approach-draws-praise/

Idaho Falls Post Register, February 19, 2014 When it comes to fiber optics, the city of Ammon is pursuing a high-reward, low-risk strategy.  Christopher Mitchell, program director for the Institute for Local Self Reliance, a nonprofit tracking more than 400 municipal fiber networks, said he is impressed with Ammon’s effort. “They are definitely succeeding. When… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 19, 2014

De Blasio’s Pick of Wiley Means Practical Paths to Lofty Goals

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/de-blasios-pick-wiley-means-practical-paths-lofty-goals/

The Nation, February 19, 2014 Yesterday Mayor Bill de Blasio picked another Bloomberg administration veteran, Emily Lloyd, to head the Department of Environmental Protection. It was another perfectly smart, sound, safe choice of an effective policymaker. It also was, like many of de Blasio’s personnel picks, at odds with the message of sweeping change that… Continue reading