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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on May 26, 2012

Senator Lautenberg Asks FCC Chair About Muni Broadband Barriers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/senator-lautenberg-asks-fcc-chair-about-muni-broadband-barriers

Free Press caught and isolated an excellent question from Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) to FCC Chairman Genachowski during recent hearings. The Senator notes that many Americans do not have sufficient access to broadband but 19 states have enacted barriers to make it harder for communities to build their own. FCC Chairman said he thinks innovative… Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on May 25, 2012

Everything You Wanted to Know About Private Equity

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

The hottest phrase on the campaign trail right now is “private equity”.  Mitt Romney made his hundreds of millions as head of Bain Capital, a major private equity firm and insists the company has created jobs and improved the efficiency of the American economy.  President Obama just as strongly insists that Bain and other private… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 25, 2012

Thurman, New York – White Space Test Case

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/thurman-new-york-white-space-test-case

Thurman, New York, like many other rural communities, has little or no access to broadband. Many of the 1,219 residents still use dial-up. According to a recent town survey, less than 25% of the population has connections that could be described as high-speed. Thurman, however, will soon be tapping into an uncommon source for connectivity… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on May 24, 2012

The Euro and Local Self-Reliance: A Flashback

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/euro-local-self-reliance-flashback/

In May 1998 the European Union voted to adopt a single European currency.  A few days later David Morris set down his thoughts about that momentous decision from a local self-reliance perspective.  Fourteen years later, as Greece and Europe revisit the costs and benefits of the Euro, we thought it appropriate to offer that column… 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

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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