App-Rising.com sits down with Christopher Mitchell to discuss the merits of open networks and how they shift the focus of competition from the characteristics of last mile technologies to the merits of the services being offered. Continue reading
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Earlier this year, by adopting the State’s first Zero Waste Plan for a Texas community, the City of Austin took an important step to move toward a more sustainable future. Austin’s Zero Waste Plan takes into consideration Austin’s current and planned public and private solid waste infrastructure, as well as the city’s Climate Protection Program…. Continue reading
A widely publicized study claims that there is no evidence that Wal-Mart has had a negative impact on the small business sector. In reviewing the study, ILSR found fatal flaws. For example, the study relies on the wrong US Census dataset. Using the correct data, our analysis shows that the number of independent retailers fell as Walmart grew between 1982 and 2002. Continue reading
This report, jointly authored with George Crocker of the North American Water Office and Michael Michaud of Matrix Energy Solutions, examines the implications that two recent distributed generation studies in Minnesota may have on the need for building new high-voltage transmission lines in the state. The authors conclude that project over a certain size be compared to alternative ways sufficient power transfer capability for dispersed renewable electricity generation may be available on the existing grid or with relatively modest, strategic enhancements to the existing grid system to meet the Minnesota’s 2025 renewable energy goal without building major new 345 kV transmission facilities. Continue reading
How much energy could be generated by states tapping into internal renewable resources? This November 2008 report by David Morris and John Farrell presents preliminary data that suggests that at least half of the fifty states could meet all their internal energy needs from renewable energy generated inside their borders, and the vast majority could meet a significant percentage.
David Morris discusses the new report, Energy Self-Reliant States, on CleanSkies.TV on November 10, 2008. Continue reading
Contrary to conventional wisdom, the demise of independent businesses is not the inevitable result of market forces and consumer choices. Public policy at all levels of government has played a major role in fueling the growth of large corporations at the expense of America’s independent small businesses. To level the playing field and allow small businesses to originate and flourish, we advocate the following policies. Continue reading
Originally published in 1982, we’re making this book available as a free download since many of its discussions are as relevant today as they were 25 years ago. The first half discusses the century-long struggle by cities to gain autonomy and authority from state governments and create their own planning and service delivery capacities. The second part describes the first urban-based localization movements and the successes and challenges. As a standalone document, we’ve also included the new foreword and the book’s last chapter, The Ecological City given the current revived debate about the subject. Continue reading
David Morris discusses Electric Vehicles and related issues on WCCO’s Don Shelby Show on October 22, 2008.
Stacy Mitchell talks about the Big-Box Swindle, broadcast on Frugal Yankee, Aug. 14, 2008.
This August 2008 report by David Morris and John Farrell was sponsored by the Ford Foundation. The next 20 years could generate as much as $1 trillion in new renewable energy investment in rural America. The report is a policy roadmap for states and the federal government that would redesignpolicies to encourage a highly decentralized and dispersed renewable energy industry that is significantly locally owned. Doing so would multiply the number of rural areas that benefit from burgeoning renewable energy industries, and would create a sustainable asset whose wealth and revenue will largely remain in revived local communities and regions.
Christopher Mitchell appeared on the Mark Heaney Show on Air America
Radio to discuss the Monticello Fiber Net lawsuit and the importance of
publicly owned broadband networks
John Farrell discussing decentralized energy – broadcast on the WCCO radio’s Don Shelby Show.
This Fact sheet was originally published in 2008 but was updated in April 2010.
BT is a city department of Burlington, Vermont, which owns a fiber-to-the-home network and offers triple play services(phone, cable, internet). BT’s services have produced millions in savings for the city and the community at large.
ILSR issued a report in 2011 that updates this fact sheet: Learning from Burlington Telecom: Some Lessons for Community Networks
Christopher Mitchell discussed Community Broadband Networks with App-rising.com’s Geoff Daily in a highly regarded vidchat. Continue reading