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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

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 23, 2012

Electric Cooperatives Expand Broadband in Missouri

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/electric-cooperatives-expand-broadband-missouri

Rural electric cooperatives were essential to expanding electricity throughout rural America after private sector business models overwhelmingly failed to electrify our farms over many decades. Electric coops embody the spirit of local community and local concerns. Cooperatives often have decades of experience with project planning and implementation. We have seen electric coops use their own… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on May 23, 2012

An Energy Switch, Waiting to be Flipped

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/energy-switch-waiting-flipped/

Minneapolis Star Tribune – May 23, 2012 Minnesota spends more than $20 billion a year on energy — primarily importing polluting fossil fuels — and the state’s utilities typically lobby against decreasing our dependency. This hampers our economy and harms our environment. Fortunately, cities don’t have to rely on the Legislature to stand up for… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 22, 2012

Green Lighting In Chattanooga – Savings, Safety and Jobs

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/green-lighting-chattanooga-savings-safety-and-jobs

Chattanooga is once again using their municipally owned network to improve the quality of life and save money at the same time. New LED street lamps have been installed all over the City and the anticipated energy savings are expected to be significant. In addition to the obvious, saving money with more efficient LED lights,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by admin | 7 Comments | Updated on May 21, 2012

Technological Complications of Energy Storage

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/technological-complications-energy-storage/

In the long run, there’s no avoiding energy storage for a 100% renewable energy society.  The two major sources of renewable power are wind and sun, and they are either fickle or reliably not available at night. The problem is that the simplest energy storage option for electricity is batteries, and this image from Wikipedia… Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on May 21, 2012

What are people — and the Post Office — for?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/people-post-office-for/

On May 15, 2012 Mark Jamison wrote a heartfelt valedictory letter to his community.  He begins,  “It’s likely that I will be the last postmaster to serve the town of Webster, North Carolina.”  And goes on to tell us what he thinks the post office was and should be and what it is becoming. As… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 21, 2012

"Lighting Up New England" Workshop Set for June 13

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/lighting-new-england-workshop-set-june-13

We want to let you know about an upcoming one-day workshop that looks to be a good opportunity to learn more about FTTH networks. “Lighting Up New England” will be June 13 in Westford, Massachusetts, at the Westford Regency. The workshop will be hosted by the Fiber-to-the-Home Council and is part of the 2012 NEFC… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 18, 2012

In Tennessee, Morristown Joins the Gigabit Club

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/tennessee-morristown-joins-gigabit-club

Located in the northeast corner of the state of Tennessee, Morristown Utility Systems offers FiberNET to Morristown’s 30,000 residents and businesses. MUSFiberNET is another community that decided to take control of its destiny and invest in a municipal broadband network. And by offering 1 Gbps anywhere in the community, Morristown is in the ultra-elite category… Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on May 18, 2012

Pennsylvania Handsomely Subsidizes School Bus Privatization

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/pennsylvania-handsomely-subsidizes-school-bus-privatization/

Still one more empirical study finds that privatization costs taxpayers dearly.  This time the issue is school bus transportation.  In a new report, Runaway Spending: Private Contractors Increase the Cost of School Student Transportation Services in Pennsylvania the Keystone Research Center concludes, “Contracting out substantially increases state spending on transportation services. We estimate that if… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on May 17, 2012

Gig.U Delivers its Gigabit to Maine

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/gigu-delivers-its-gigabit-maine

We continue to watch the Gig.U project with interest as some universities are teaming up with providers to deliver gigabit services to selected areas, generally around high tech campuses. One of the first project announcements has come from Orono, Maine. The University of Maine and a private company called GWI are teaming up to bring… Continue reading