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Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jul 23, 2014

DC City Council embraces zero waste planning

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/dc-city-council-embraces-waste-planning/

Last week, the DC City Council unanimously passed two key pieces of legislation: a styrofoam ban by food service businesses and a waste modernization bill. ILSR helped win passage of both bills in collaboration with many environmental and civic groups. Neither bill is perfect but necessary for future development of zero waste programs in the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 16, 2014

Vote Expected Today on Blackburn Amendment Targeting Munis; Call D.C. Now!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/vote-expected-today-blackburn-amendment-targeting-munis-call-dc-now

Last night, GOP Representative Marsha Blackburn, introduced an amendment intended to destroy local authority for telecommunications investment by severely limiting FCC funding. The amendment, introduced during debate on H.R. 5016, targets 20 states, many with state-erected barriers already in place and/or municipal networks already serving local communities. The vote was postponed but is expected today… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 15, 2014

National Coalition Opposes Anti-Muni D.C. Legislation; Time to Call Your Rep!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/national-coalition-opposes-anti-muni-dc-legislation-time-call-your-rep

The National League of Cities (NLC), National Association of Counties (NACo), and National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) joined together this morning to send a letter to Congress expressing their opposition to anti-muni legislation being discussed in the House. As we reported yesterday, it is imperative that concerned constituents speak out against two… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jul 15, 2014

New Amendments Could Further Erode Local Telecommunications Authority!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/amendments-erode-munis-do/

What You Can Do: Two new amendments will likely be added to an appropriations bill in Washington, that could have a devastating snowball effect in the drive for local authority. Right now, Rep. Blackburn from Tennessee is expected to offer the amendments on Tuesday or Wednesday. We anticipate the amendments to have wording that either restricts the FCC… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 11, 2014

“Localism Over Consolidation” Discussion Streaming from New America Foundation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/localism-over-consolidation-discussion-streaming-new-america-foundation

If you missed Chris in D.C. at the New America Foundation on May 28th, you can still catch the action via the archived presentation. Chris joined Joanne Hovis, Will Aycock, and Catharine Rice to discuss “Localism Over Consolidation: An Exploration of Public Broadband Options.” New America Foundation writes: Today, more and more communities are thinking… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 16, 2014

Circuit Court to FCC: You Can Restore Local Authority to Build Community Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/circuit-court-to-fcc-restore-local-authority/

This article originally ran January 15 on MuniNetworks.org, our site dedicated to broadband and community networks. Our analysis zeros in on the Court’s take on local authority, an issue near and dear to our mission at ILSR.  As we noted yesterday, the DC Circuit of Appeals has decided that the FCC does not have authority to implement… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 15, 2014

Our Look at DC Circuit Court of Appeals Network Neutrality Decision

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/chris-mitchell-dc-circuit-network-neutrality-decision/

This article originally ran January 14 on MuniNetworks.org, our site dedicated to broadband and community networks. In addition to the broader topic of Network Neutrality, the decision will affect local communities’ authority to serve their citizens. This is the first of a series of stories from Chris that analyze the potential impact of the decision and how… Continue reading

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Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 23, 2013

Stacy Mitchell Talks Living Wage & Walmart on Al Jazeera English

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/stacy-mitchell-talks-living-wage-walmart-al-jazeera-english/

ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell joined 4 other guests on The Stream, broadcast on Al Jazeera English’s global television news network, for a lively half-hour discussion of Washington D.C.’s big-box living wage bill. Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | 1 Comment | Updated on Nov 29, 2012

ILSR Releases New Public Savings Fact Sheet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/ilsr-releases-new-public-savings-fact-sheet/

This new resource shares real world examples of public savings directly connected to municipal networks. Publicly owned broadband networks provide opportunities for local savings to taxpayers. Local and regional governments find new and unexpected ways to cut costs when they build their own next-generation networks. In addition to saving connectivity fees for administrative facilities, local… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on May 24, 2012

More Information about Community Wireless Approach in Mount Pleasant, DC

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/more-information-about-community-wireless-approach-mount-pleasant-dc

We previously noted a grassroots wireless initiative in Mount Pleasant that the Open Technology Institute is assisting and we are now cross-posting more details that they recently published. Thanks to Preston Rhea, who published this interview with one of the first volunteers to install a node. I recently wrote about a local effort to build… Continue reading