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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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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

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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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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

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ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 21, 2015

Banning ‘sameness': How retailers can work with cities’ chain-store restrictions

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Retail Dive, April 21, 2015 Jersey City, NJ’s planning board earlier this month overwhelmingly approved a measure to limit chain stores in an effort to preserve the town’s downtown character.   “Mom-and-pop-type retailers protect that and foster that [character] and encourage that,” Mayor Steve Fulop said. The move, which now goes to the City Council for… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 14, 2015

Building a Mass Movement for a New Economy: Stacy Mitchell on the Laura Flanders Show

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/building-a-mass-movement-for-a-new-economy-stacy-mitchell-on-the-laura-flanders-show/

What will it take before we have a mass movement in the U.S. that’s offering economic alternatives? ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell appeared on the Laura Flanders Show to talk about this question. Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 6, 2015

US Internet’s fiber spreads across south Minneapolis

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/us-internets-fiber-spreads-across-south-minneapolis/

Star Tribune, April 6, 2015 The spring thaw shot new energy into the battle for your Internet dollar. Workers drilled holes for US Internet’s fiber optic lines in Lowry Hill. White boxes showed up in Minneapolis’ Como neighborhood. CenturyLink’s fiber plans sent city inspectors in Minneapolis and St. Paul running around issuing permits for its… Continue reading

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ILSR Press Room filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 6, 2015

Staying local may save independent book sellers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/staying-local-may-save-independent-book-sellers/

Deseret News, April 6, 2015 Weller Book Works, a family owned business located in the historic Trolley Square in Salt Lake City, has endured its share of economic ups and downs since it first opened in 1929. Seemingly every business cycle has brought with it predictions of collapse along with expressions of sympathy from the… Continue reading