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

CenturyLink Fails Ohio Community, 911 Goes Out During Storm

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/centurylink-fails-ohio-community-911-goes-out-during-storm

The people of Warren County, Ohio, endured some rough weather in June as a 70 mph derecho whipped through this southwest county. A series of errors from CenturyLink kept 911 service inoperable for more than 15 hours. According to Stop the Cap!: During the outage, callers initially heard nothing after dialing 911. Sometime later, someone… Continue reading

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

Chattanooga Gets 150 More Jobs… From Comcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/chattanooga-gets-150-more-jobs-comcast

Just on the heels of Time Warner Cable announcing 81 new jobs in Kansas City in response to the newly competitive environment created by Google’s Gig, we learned that Comcast is adding more jobs to its workforce in Chattanooga. In talking points, the lobbyists and spokespeople for these major carriers often claim that community networks… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 2 Comments | Updated on Aug 23, 2012

California County’s PACE Program Could Get Feisty with FHFA

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/california-countys-pace-program-feisty-fhfa/

Does a Riverside County, CA, residential energy financing program put thousands of homeowners on a collision course with the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA)? In a proposed rule-making, the FHFA has suggested that Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) policies represent a threat to the safety and soundness of mortgages held by government-backed Fannie Mae and Freddie… Continue reading

Article, Rule filed under Energy | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 22, 2012

CLEAN Programs (Feed-In Tariffs)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/clean-programs-feed-in-tariffs/

Few policies make renewable energy production easier than CLEAN (Clean Local Energy Accessible Now) Programs, also known as feed-in tariffs.  The basic premise is to require utilities to buy renewable energy from individuals or businesses on long-term, fixed price contracts at prices sufficient to encourage them to invest.  The most robust policies span multiple technologies… Continue reading

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

Tacoma’s Click! Introduces 100 Mbps; CenturyLink Lies to Steal Click! Business

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/tacomas-click-introduces-100-mbps-centurylink-lies-steal-click-business

We have watched Tacoma’s Click! Network for years, sharing its advances and benefits with you. The latest achievement in Tacoma is a new option for customers – 100 Mbps. The network is a division of Tacoma Power, which has been  providing electricity to the community for over 100 years. The municipal utility upgraded recently to… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 4 Comments | Updated on Aug 22, 2012

Hawaiian Sunblock: A Presentation on the Barriers to Low Cost Solar

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/hawaiian-sunblock-presentation-barriers-cost-solar/

This presentation by ILSR Senior Researcher John Farrell explains how – despite solar power that is cheaper than grid electricity – Hawaii homes and businesses still encounter barriers to going solar. You can also download the full report in PDF, for Kindle, or for your Apple iDevice and sign up for updates on ILSR’s energy… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 22, 2012

Upcoming Events Discussing Community Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/upcoming-events-discussing-community-networks

We want to alert readers to some upcoming events that will discuss community broadband networks. The first will be most interesting to those who are attending the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC) conference in Minneapolis from September 6-8. On Saturday, September 8, Christopher Mitchell will join a panel entitled “Digital Frontiers: Copryright,… Continue reading

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

Unions and DSL Customers: Verizon Knocks Out Two Birds With One Stone

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/unions-and-dsl-customers-verizon-knocks-out-two-birds-one-stone

If you are a current or potential Verizon customer, by now you know that you no longer have the option to order stand alone DSL. When the business decision became public knowledge in April, DSL Reports.com looked into the apparent step backward and found existing customers were grandfathered in but: However, if you disconnect and… Continue reading

Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 21, 2012

Letter to the Editor: WTE Projects Are Not All Transparent

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/wte-projects-not-all-transparent/

Reposted from Waste & Recycling News - http://www.wasterecyclingnews.com/article/20120821/OPINION/120829991/letter-to-the-editor-wte-projects-are-not-all-transparent The lessons presented by John Foden in “Lessons in public acceptance of projects” (Waste & Recycling News, Aug. 6), are not in play in Frederick County, Md. There, Northeast Maryland Authority and state and county officials have spent the last few years obfuscating financial information, and not “embracing the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 21, 2012

Community Broadband Bits 9 – Leslie Nulty with ECFiber in Vermont

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-bits-9-leslie-nulty-ecfiber-vermont

The ninth episode of the Community Broadband Bits podcast features Leslie Nulty, from the East Central Vermont Fiber Optic Network, commonly called ECFiber. ECFiber is using a unique financing arrangement, wherein debt is sold to those in the community as the network slowly expands. They have already raised over $1 million dollars and are providing… Continue reading