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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Sep 13, 2012

The Times They Are A’Changing. Or Are They?

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

The recent colorful tirade by Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe against a legislator who demanded the Baltimore Ravens owner fire linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo for supporting gay marriage and the overwhelmingly positive response to it by football fans and players alike are heartwarming developments.  It shows how far we’ve come.  But the fact that voters in… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 13, 2012

ILSR Named Community Broadband Organization of the Year for 2012

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/ilsr-named-community-broadband-organizations-year-2012/

NATOA Press Release, September 8, 2012 In a September 8, 2102, Press Release, the National Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors (NATOA) named the Institute for Local Self-Reliance one of the Community Broadband Organizations of the Year for 2012. The award will be officially presented at their 2012 annual conference in New Orleans on September… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 13, 2012

ILSR and MuniNetworks.org Recognized By NATOA

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/ilsr-and-muninetworksorg-recognized-natoa

The National Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors (NATOA) has recognized our work by naming us one of the Community Broadband Organizations of the Year for 2012. The award will be celebrated along with other 2012 Community Broadband Awards at their annual conference in New Orleans on September 27-29. In the press release, NATOA noted… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 12, 2012

Webinar – "How a Municipal Network Can Help Your City"

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/webinar-how-municipal-network-can-help-your-city

We want to remind our readers that tomorrow, September 13, is the day for “How a Municipal Network Can Help Your City.” The webinar runs from 2-3 Eastern time. Registration is free and Christopher Mitchell will be joined by Kyle Hollified, VP Sales/Marketing, Bristol Virginia Utilities and Colman Keane, Director of Fiber Technology, EPB, in… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 12, 2012

New Network in Carroll County Maryland on Track for 2013 Completion

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/new-network-carroll-county-maryland-track-2013-completion

Two years ago, we reported on the emerging partnership between Carroll County, Maryland, and the Maryland Broadband Cooperative (MBC) to build a fiber network to local business clients. The County financed the investment in part through cost savings obtained as a result of transitioning away from expensive T1 lines. This summer, the Carroll County Office… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 11, 2012

Community Broadband Bits 12 – Todd Murren with SpringNet, Missouri

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-bits-12-todd-murren-springnet-missouri

The 12th episode of the Community Broadband Bits podcast features an interview with Todd Murren of SpringNet, in Springfield Missouri. SpringNet delivers blazing broadband over Ethernet to businesses in the community. We talk about Missouri’s strong restrictions on local authority around broadband and the history of SpringNet. We also discuss how SpringNet has led to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 2 Comments | Updated on Sep 11, 2012

Taller Wind Turbines Boost State Energy Self-Reliance

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/taller-wind-turbines-boost-state-energy-self-reliance/

A story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune today highlights the increasingly common use of 100 meter wind turbines for new wind power projects, up from the previous 80 meter standard.  The technological change grabs more wind energy, with consistently higher wind speeds at higher altitudes, meaning states can get even more power from a similar… Continue reading

Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 10, 2012

Letter to the Editor: Newest Cry from County Residents

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/newest-cry-from-county-residents/

The No Incinerator Alliance of Frederick County, Maryland, continues to provide citizens with accurate information on the proposed incinerator for that County. Reposted from the Frederick News Post - http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/opinion/display_lte.htm?StoryID=140039#.UE5IIrJlTWo The Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority has provided estimates that predict $527 million in bonds will be needed for the construction of the proposed regional trash incinerator… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 10, 2012

Google Fiber Spurs Digital Divide Discussions

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/google-fiber-spurs-digital-divide-discussions

“I’m concerned that the digital divide” — the gap between electronic haves and have-nots — “will be exacerbated by the fact that you’ll have extremely fast Internet in some neighborhoods while people in neighborhoods with fewer resources will be left even further behind,” said Christopher Barnickel, an assistant director at the Kansas City, Kan., Public… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 13 Comments | Updated on Sep 7, 2012

Minnesota’s First Community Solar Project is Minnesota-Made

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/minnesotas-community-solar-project-minnesota-made/

Update 12/20/12: This project includes battery storage. Just last month, the Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association, serving communities just north and west of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, announced Minnesota’s first community solar project.  The 40 kW solar array will be located at the cooperative’s headquarters, with members allowed to purchase individual panels in the project… Continue reading