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

FCC Chairman Genachowski Recognizes Value of Munis in Statement on Google

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/fcc-chairman-genachowski-recognizes-value-munis-statement-google

Google’s fiber rollout in Kansas City prompted kudos, specualtion, wonder, and analysis. While Google has the ability to invest in such an expensive and huge undertaking. Municipal networks have been bringing next-generation broadband to the public for years. Local communities all over the country know first hand the economic benefits and improved quality of life… Continue reading

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

The Economist Understands Community Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/economist-understands-community-broadband

The conservative, eminently pro-capitalist publication The Economist understands why community broadband is important. “The Need for Speed” discusses Kansas City and Chattanooga — two of the best broadband networks in the nation. But while others have become stuck on the wrong question — “what can you do with a gig,” The Economist recognized what is important…. Continue reading

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

Fiber Route Construction Nearing Completion In Southwest Minnesota

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/fiber-route-construction-nearing-completion-southwest-minnesota

In April, we reported on Spring construction of fiber installation by the Southwest Minnesota Broadband Services (SMBS) in the Jackson area. This is a stimulus-funded expansion growing out of the community-owned WindomNet. The original plan was to have construction completed in Jackson by the end of August, but the job was 97% completed in July… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 9, 2012

Court Says Big Broadcasters Can’t Stop Aereo’s Tiny Antennas

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/court-says-big-broadcasters-cant-stop-aereos-tiny-antennas

You are surrounded by the radio waves of local television signals. They are available to you for free if you put up an antenna, but there was no easy way to take that free signal and then stream it to all your digital devices. Now there is. Aereo, available only in New York presently, combines an… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 8, 2012

Waste to Wealth Summit September 13 & 14

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/waste-wealth-summit-september/

The Appalachia Ohio Zero Waste Initiative will bring together regional solid waste management stakeholders from Appalachian communities in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia for a two-day summit that will examine how to build and sustain rural wealth by increasing resource recovery and supporting the development of recycling-based businesses. Attendees will learn about exemplary rural recycling programs, innovative recycling-based businesses, the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 8, 2012

Dunnellon, Florida’s Fiber Dreams Now a Reality

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/dunnellon-floridas-fiber-dreams-now-reality

We reported on Dunellon, Florida, last year – time for a refresher and an update. You may recall that Dunnellon is a small community with only about 1,900 people in 2004, located in the north central part of the state. The City of Dunnellon watched as surrounding communities gained jobs and people, while its phosphate… Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | 1 Comment | Updated on Aug 8, 2012

(Corporate) Crime Most Definitely Pays

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

The New York Times reports that on August 7 a federal judge approved a settlement between the Justice Department and Morgan Stanley. Here’s the crime. In 2006 Morgan Stanley entered into a complex swap agreement with the New York electricity company KeySpan that gave it a stake in the profits of a competitor, enabling both… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 13 Comments | Updated on Aug 8, 2012

How Archaic Utility Rules Stall Local Solar [Infographic]

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/archiac-utility-rules-stall-local-solar-infographic/

Many people expect that solar power will dramatically expand once it bursts through the cost barrier and becomes less expensive than grid electricity.  But archaic utility rules can effectively cap local solar development at just 15% of peak demand.  Fortunately, pioneering states like Hawaii and California are exploring ways to lift the cap and bring… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 8, 2012

Wall Street: Lack of Competition Allows Comcast to Raise Prices Whenever It Wants

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/wall-street-lack-competition-allows-comcast-raise-prices-whenever-it-wants

A major difference between Main Street and Wall Street is that we view Comcast’s lack of competition as a major problem. The prospect of Comcast increasing our rates year after year makes us want to scream. Prepare to scream. Or throw things. The Lafayette Pro-Fiber Blog alerted us to a piercingly honest analysis from Wall… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 7, 2012

Community Broadband Bits 7 – Mary Beth Henry of Portland, Oregon

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-bits-7-mary-beth-henry-portland-oregon

For the 7th Community Broadband Bits podcast, we talk with Mary Beth Henry from Portland, Oregon. Mary Beth is the Director of the Portland Office for Community Technology and Mt Hood Cable Regulatory Commission, as well as a past president of NATOA. Our discussion covers the long struggle to ensure local businesses and residents had… Continue reading