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

The Chutzpah of Peter Orszag

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

If chutzpah is killing your parents then throwing yourself on the mercy of the court because you’re an orphan then Peter Orszag is the poster child for chutzpah.  In his recent article in Bloomberg News he insists the best fix for the post office is to take it private.  Where does the chutzpah come from? … Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | 2 Comments | Updated on Jul 25, 2012

Texas Judge Rules The Sky Belongs To Us All

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/texas-judge-rules-sky-belongs/

“Texas judge rules atmosphere, air is a public trust”, reads the headline in the Boston Globe.  A tiny breakthrough but with big potential consequences.  And as we continue to suffer from one of the most extended heat waves in US history, as major crops wither and fires rage in a dozen states, we need all… Continue reading

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

Open Technology Initiative Report Shows U.S. Lagging in Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/open-technology-initiative-report-shows-us-lagging-broadband

The Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation just released a report titled “The Cost of Connectivity.” The report, authored by Hibah Hussain, Danielle Kehl, Benjamin Lennett, Chiehyu Li, and Patrick Lucey examines 22 cities across the planet for speed, triple play offerings, and what consumers can get for $35. The results, unfortunately, are… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 24, 2012

U.S. Wind Project Size

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/u-s-wind-project-size/

Big dreams for renewable energy often goad people into imagining big wind projects, with hundreds of turbines.  But lots of smaller projects are just as likely to add up to big numbers. Counting wind projects from 1999-2010 (based on data from LBNL’s excellent Wind Technologies Market report) the average size of an American wind project… Continue reading

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

Elizabethton and Carter County Collaborate for Future Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/elizabethton-and-carter-county-collaborate-future-network

Elizabethton, Tennessee, population 14,000, is the county seat of Carter County, which is home to 57,000 residents. The two, located in the extreme northeast corner of the state, now join the ranks of the growing number of rural communities exploring the publicly owned network option. A Task Force, appointed by Carter County Mayor in January of this year, includes… Continue reading

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

Community Broadband Bits 5 – Catharine Rice of SEATOA

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-bits-5-catharine-rice-seatoa

For our fifth episode of the Community Broadband Bits podcast, we have a discussion with Catharine Rice of SEATOA – the Southeastern Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors. We discuss legislation in North and South Carolina designed to stop communities from building their own networks. Catharine Rice has been a strong advocate for local authority,… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 3 Comments | Updated on Jul 23, 2012

Average Size of U.S. Solar Installations: Small

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/average-size-u-s-solar-installations-small/

Big dreams for renewable energy often goad people into imagining big solar projects, with acres of panels.  But lots of smaller projects are just as likely to add up to big numbers. Counting solar projects from California and New Jersey (which together make up half the U.S. solar market), the average size of an American… Continue reading

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

Bonners Ferry, Idaho, Considers Publicly Owned Fiber

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/bonners-ferry-idaho-considers-publicly-owned-fiber

Bonners Ferry, with around 2,500 residents in Northern Idaho, realized three years ago that fiber would only find their community if they installed it themselves. “We are a little isolated up here…We don’t have the density that would attract this kind of thing.” Mike Sloan, Bonners Ferry Economic Development Council Director, went on to describe the… Continue reading

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

Usage Based Billing – Time Warner Cable Latest Attempt to Increase Prices

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/usage-based-billing-time-warner-cable-latest-attempt-increase-prices

Time Warner Cable’s announced intention to expand its usage based billing for broadband has recently received a little media attention. The company currently uses tiers for customers in parts of Texas, allowing customers to sign on to a plan which limits the amount of usage per month. If they come in under the plan amount… Continue reading

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

FastRoads Set to Bring Fiber to Southwestern New Hampshire

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/fastroads-set-bring-fiber-southwestern-new-hampshire

In 2011, we brought you information about New Hampshire FastRoads, an open access project. At the time, the discussion centered around legislative events. We decided to look into the FastRoads project for an update. The FastRoads project received partial funding from the Network New Hampshire Now (NNHN) project and its American Recovery and Reinvestment grants…. Continue reading