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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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Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | 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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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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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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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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

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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

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ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jun 20, 2014

What U.S. Mayors Can Do Right Now to Support a Neutral Internet

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Electronic Frontier Foundation, June 20, 2014 This weekend at the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting in Dallas, some mayors will take a strong stand in support of net neutrality. According to an op-ed by Mayors Ed Lee of San Francisco and Ed Murray of Seattle, the city leaders are unveiling a resolution calling on… Continue reading