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Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Aug 6, 2012

Supportive Rules For Small-Scale Composting

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/supportive-rules-small-scale-composting/

Composting is inherently local; it supports local green jobs, farmers and other businesses. Indeed, farmers have a vital role to play in producing and utilizing compost to restore depleted soils. They also have land, a necessary factor for developing the capacity to compost. State permitting rules can facilitate on-farm and other small-scale operators, thus helping… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 6, 2012

Why "Who Invented the Internet" Matters

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/why-who-invented-internet-matters

For those who missed it, a Wall Street Journal op-ed ignited a geektroversy by claiming the federal government did not invent the Internet. First, some history. Then an explanation of why we should care. A guy named Crovitz kicked off the fight with his 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 Aug 5, 2012

Charter Schools and Kudzu

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/charter-schools-kudzu-2/

On this, the 20th anniversary of the opening of the first charter school, kudzu comes to mind. In the 1930s the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) paid farmers $8 per acre to plant this Japanese vine whose deep root structure helps reduce erosion and enrich a depleted soil.  Farmers planted more than 1.2 million acres. Twenty… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 4, 2012

Television Ad Revenue for Small Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/television-ad-revenue-small-networks

When communities are trying to figure out how to pay for networks, they sometimes fail to explore some logical places. A recent article on Telecompetitor gives us an estimate for revenues from inserting ads in cable television programming. Before the economic downturn, a typical small video service provider could expect between $1.25 and $2.00 a… Continue reading

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Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 3, 2012

Revolution of the Thirsty

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

Karen Piper, Professor of English at the University of Missouri in Columbia informs us of a factor behind the spring uprising in Egypt the mass media missed:  the privatization of water. The American media focused mainly on internal corruption and oppression. They did not report on the role of the international superpowers in influencing the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 3, 2012

Comparing Residential Solar Ownership to a Solar Lease

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/comparing-residential-solar-ownership-solar-lease/

It’s a case study of solar in Ithaca, NY, but it provides a good framework for comparing leasing to ownership in any place in the U.S. Solar Economics in Ithaca, NY Comparing solar ownership to a solar lease can be tricky.  The following analysis examines the value of owning a 5 kW solar PV system… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 3, 2012

Utah State Auditor Reviews UTOPIA, Ignores State Role in Handicapping Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/utah-state-auditor-reviews-utopia-ignores-state-role-handicapping-network

Just this week, the Office of the Legislative Auditor General of the State of Utah released a report to the Utah Legislature on UTOPIA. The report, titled A Performance Audit of the Utah Telecommunications Open Infrastructure Agency rehashes prior criticisms of UTOPIA and tells the abridged story of the Auditor’s understanding of UTOPIA’s financial troubles…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 2, 2012

Mediacom Continues Obstructing Rural Broadband Rollout in Lake County Minnesota

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/mediacom-continues-obstructing-rural-broadband-rollout-lake-county-minnesota

Of all the broadband stimulus projects, the Lake County FTTH network in Minnesota has been one of the most embattled in the nation (possibly only behind AT&T’s attacks on South Carolina projects). Mediacom has pulled out all the stops, including filing complaints with the Inspector General that included dubious allegations at best and then complaining… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2012

Longmont Fiber Ring Set for Expansion, Local Service

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/longmont-fiber-ring-set-expansion-local-service

Over the past few years, we provided continuing coverage as Longmont, Colorado, considered, and eventually approved, a referendum (two actually) to authorize the municipality to offer broadband services to local businesses and residents. The City installed the fiber as part of its electricity utility infrastructure long ago but Qwest then pushed a law through the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 1, 2012

Slate Commentary: Want to Pay Less and Get More?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/slate-commentary-want-pay-less-and-get-more

Today, Slate published an opinion piece by me and Sascha Meinrath from the Open Technology Institute at New America Foundation talking about the important role of community broadband in solving the nation’s broadband problem. A snippet: In the meantime, local communities are taking matters into their own hands and have created remarkable citywide fiber-to-the-home broadband… Continue reading