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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 14, 2012

Chelan PUD Asks the People What the Future Holds for Their Fiber-Optic Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/chelan-pud-asks-people-what-future-holds-their-fiber-optic-network

Chelan PUD is asking the people of their rural community whether they “love” or “just like” their beleaguered and pioneering fiber-optic network. At a series of public input meetings to… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 14, 2012

ILSR Welcomes Lisa Gonzalez

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/ilsr-welcomes-lisa-gonzalez

Lisa Gonzalez has joined the Institute for Local Self-Reliance as a broadband researcher. We are excited to have her and look forward to seeing some of her work show up here on Community Broadband Networks.
A little background on Lisa:
Lisa Gonzalez h… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 13, 2012

Rural Kentucky Telephone Access Threatened by Additional Legislation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/rural-kentucky-telephone-access-threatened-additional-legislation

The National Rural Assembly, an advocate for America’s hinterland, continues to track harmful legislation moving through the Kentucky Legislature. The assembly’s Rural Broadband Policy Group&nb… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Mar 13, 2012

Minnesota Electricity Could Be 100% Renewable, 100% Local

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/minnesota-electricity-100-renewable-100-local/

A new report released today by the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research shows that Minnesota can meet 100% of its electricity needs with in-state wind and solar power, and (with ample energy efficiency investments) at a comparable cost to its existing electricity supply. The notion that solar and wind energy cannot be the mainstay… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 3 Comments | Updated on Mar 12, 2012

Why “Passive Activities” May Be Clean Energy’s Biggest Hurdle

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/passive-activities-clean-energys-biggest-hurdle/

If you care about the future of the American renewable energy industry, you need to learn what the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) calls “passive activities.”  Because these important rules mean that as long as the U.S. relies on the tax code to provide renewable energy incentives, renewable energy can only grow as fast as Wall… Continue reading

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

Good News Out of UTOPIA

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/good-news-out-utopia

UTOPIA, the pioneering and oft-maligned open access FTTH network in Utah, has announced the DISH network as their latest service provider.
“We are partnering with DISH Network to provide mo… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Mar 8, 2012

Refundable Federal Tax Credit Could Remove Barrier to Community Wind

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/refundable-federal-tax-credit-remove-barrier-community-wind/

Update 3/9/12:Turns out I would be a lousy tax attorney and that the form of tax credit does not affect the passive loss rules. What if a small change in federal renewable energy policy could make community wind development easier? Last month, President Obama’s Treasury Department released proposed reforms to a number of business taxes… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 8, 2012

Charter Fights Dirty to Kill Competition in Monticello

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/charter-fights-dirty-kill-competition-monticello

When Monticello, Minnesota, decided to build its community fiber network — Fibernet Monticello — it expected the incumbents to lower their prices and fight to keep subscribers. But Monticello had no idea the lengths to which they would go. The telephone incumbent, TDS, delayed the project for a year with a frivolous lawsuit and then… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 8, 2012

Chattanooga Network Hits Milestone, Projected to Pay Off Debt Early

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/chattanooga-network-hits-milestone-projected-pay-debt-early

Chattanooga’s EPBFi community fiber network has been one of the most celebrated muni networks in the nation. They were the first to offer a gigabit to anyone in the city and have launched a bo… Continue reading

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 11 Comments | Updated on Mar 7, 2012

New Report: Walmart’s Greenwash

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/new-report-walmarts-greenwash/

In this new report, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance documents how Walmart’s heavily promoted sustainability initiatives are falling short. “Walmart’s sustainability campaign has done more to improve the company’s image than to help the environment,” said Stacy Mitchell, the report’s author and a senior researcher at ILSR. Continue reading