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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Sep 26, 2012

We’re the NFL. We don’t have to care.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/were-nfl-dont-care/

Watching professional football these days reminds me of Lily Tomlin’s Ernestine the telephone operator on Saturday Night Live and her famous punch line, “We don’t care.  We don’t have to.  We’re the phone company.” Or in this case the National Football League.  For those who don’t follow football, let me bring you up to date. … Continue reading

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

More Evidence for Looming Broadband Monopoly

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/more-evidence-looming-broadband-monopoly

DSLReports has accurately noted the continued decline of competition between DSL and cable providers. Heck, it seems like no large company wants to invest in the future of broadband in this country. Verizon and AT&T have chosen to focus on wireless technology, resulting in less true competition. Cable (or FTTH if you are lucky to have… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 24, 2012

Santa Monica Named Among Top 15 Government Innovators

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/santa-monica-named-among-top-15-government-innovators

Congratulations to the city of Santa Monica, for adding another award to their long list. On September 18th, city leaders announced that InformationWeek 500 named the city to the 2012 list of technology innovators. Santa Monica is among the Top 15 Government Innovators. The award specifically acknowledges the Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS) that uses… Continue reading

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Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by John Farrell | 2 Comments | Updated on Sep 24, 2012

Happy Birthday, David Morris!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/happy-birthday-david-morris/

The fearless leader of our Minneapolis “New Rules Project” celebrates another great year today!  If you want to get in the spirit, check out his recently released Thoughtful Voters Guide to Same-Sex Marriage (available as a free ebook), his oldest online publication (from 1974) – Kilowatt Counter – A Consumers Guide to Energy Concepts, Quantities,… Continue reading

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

Community Fiber Networks Conference November 8-9 in Danville, Virginia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-fiber-networks-conference-november-8-9-danville-virginia

The Economic Development Conference Series’ first event, Community Fiber Networks, is scheduled for November 8 – 9, 2012, in Danville, Virginia. Dates and locations for later events will follow. The series is being produced by Broadband Communities Magazine. Danville is near the border with North Carolina. Christopher Mitchell and a long list of industry experts… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 20, 2012

Oregon’s SandyNet to Use Sewers for Fiber Deployment

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/oregons-sandynet-use-sewers-fiber-deployment

SandyNet, of Sandy, Oregon, recently announced that it plans to expand Internet service with fiber to every home and business in the city. The network, which has serviced the community for ten years, currently offers fiber to businesses along the Highway 26 corridor. Wireless service is available throughout town and in some rural areas around the City. SandyNet… Continue reading

Minneapolis at an energy crossroads
Featured Article filed under Energy | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Sep 20, 2012

John Farrell Presents on Local Energy Options for Minneapolis

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/john-farrell-presents-local-energy-options-minneapolis/

What happens when a city’s franchise contracts with its incumbent electric and gas utilities expires?  A once-in-20-year opportunity to consider how its energy can be cleaner, more affordable, more reliable, and more local.  ILSR Senior Researcher John Farrell presents to Environment Minnesota’s Green Ideas and Ham policy breakfast, discussing the implications of an expiring franchise… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 5 Comments | Updated on Sep 20, 2012

Why Are Residential PV Prices in Germany So Much Lower Than in the United States?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/residential-pv-prices-germany-united-states/

Earlier this week, Lawrence Berkeley Labs released a marvelous comparison of residential PV costs in Germany and the United States, finally putting some detail to an enormous gulf in costs (nearly $3.00 per Watt).  The following chart (from page 35 of the presentation) shows the cost difference broken down into 9 categories, with ILSR’s addition… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 19, 2012

"How a Municipal Network Can Help Your City" Archive Now Available

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

Last week, Christopher Mitchell of ILSR joined other broadband and municipal network experts to present the webinar “How a Municipal Network Can Help Your City” from the National League of Cities. Christopher was joined by Kyle Hollified, VP Sales/Marketing, Bristol Virginia Utilities, Bristol; Mary Beth Henry, Manager, Office for Community Technology/Mt Hood Cable Regulatory Commission… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 18, 2012

Community Broadband Bits 13 – Curtis Dean of Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-bits-13-curtis-dean-iowa-association-municipal-utilities

Curtis Dean, the Telecommunications Services Coordinator for the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, joins us for our 13th Community Broadband Bits podcast. Curtis explains why Iowa has so many municipal utilities and why 28 of them offer some form of telecommunications service. We talk about why making sure everyone in rural areas has access to… Continue reading