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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Mar 21, 2012

New Report: Rooftop Revolution Changes Everything with Cost-Effective Local Solar

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/new-repor-rooftop-revolution-changes-everything-with-cost-effective-local-solar/

Within ten years, 100 million Americans in the nation’s largest cities will be able to get cheaper electricity from rooftop solar than their utility provides. That’s just the opening salvo from a new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. “Rooftop Revolution: Changing Everything with Cost-Effective Solar,” not only illustrates the enormous, emerging potential for local solar power, but also describes how the rules of the electricity system must change now for the electricity system to be ready for the decade’s energy democracy opportunity. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 20, 2012

Big Bucks: Why North Carolina Outlawed Community Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/big-bucks-why-north-carolina-outlawed-community-networks

Less than a year after North Carolina became the 19th state to create barriers to community networks, effectively outlawing them, the non-partisan organization Follow the Money has crunched the… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 20, 2012

Milwaukee Contemplates Its Chance to Be The Next Chattanooga

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/milwaukee-contemplates-its-chance-be-next-chattanooga

A recent article by Chloe Morrison on Nooga.com, highlighted the inquiries and envy from all over the globe about Chattanooga’s awesome community fiber network. According to Rick Barrett of the… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 19, 2012

Last Chance to Apply for Summer Gig Tank

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/last-chance-apply-summer-gig-tank

Chattanooga has established a summer program for forward-thinking people to explore a world effectively without bandwidth limitations (thanks to their community fiber network) — the Gig Tank i… Continue reading

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