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

Minnesota Legislation Would Revoke Local Authority over Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/minnesota-legislation-would-revoke-local-authority-over-broadband

We have heard rumors that the Minnesota Cable Communications Association (MCCA) has ramped up its lobbying efforts in the capitol over the past few weeks and now we know why — Representative R… Continue reading

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

Resource: Useful Flyers in Georgia Legislation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/resource-useful-flyers-georgia-legislation

After AT&T began pushing a bill in Georgia to revoke local authority to decide to build a publicly owned broadband network, the Georgia Municipal Assocation (GMA) and the SouthEast Assocati… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 5, 2012

Georgia Bill to Kill Community Broadband Reportedly Shelved

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/georgia-bill-kill-community-broadband-reportedly-shelved

We are hearing that SB 313 in Georgia, AT&T’s bill to overrule local authority, will be turned into a study bill. Despite the strong support of the Senate Majority Leader, the bill lost su… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Mar 1, 2012

Building Codes: Energy Rules that Work

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/building-codes-energy-rules-work/

Update 4/6/12: The increased cost of a home built to the 2012 code in Illinois will increase the home’s cost by $1500 (~$6 a month) but save $33 per month in energy costs. In energy policy, lawmakers often prefer carrots to sticks because it minimizes the opposition.  But mandatory rules, like building energy codes, can… Continue reading

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

Government Technology’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/government-technologys-top-25-doers-dreamers-and-drivers

We are honored to be named by Government Technology to be among the Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers in the nation. We are passionate about the role local governments can play in expanding … Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 29, 2012

Colorado Broadband Bill Seeks Access Answers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/colorado-broadband-bill-seeks-access-answers

For tourists and residents alike, much of Colorado is one amazing vista after the next. I nearly circumnavigated it on a recent trip and was re-blown away at how incrediblely beautiful it is (… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 28, 2012

Kentucky Bill Could End Rural Telephone Service for Some

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/kentucky-bill-could-end-rural-telephone-service-some

Kentucky is considering a bill that would significantly change rural telephone service in the state. An editorial examines in issue here. We signed on to a letter opposing the bill, reprinted … Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 27, 2012

Get a Local Clean Energy Future by Trading-in the 20th Century Electric Grid

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/local-clean-energy-future-trading-in-20th-century-electric-grid/

In a New York Times SundayReview piece last week – Drawing the Line at Power Lines – Elisabeth Rosenthal suggested that our desire for clean energy will require significant tradeoffs: There are pipelines, trains, trucks and high-voltage transmission lines. None of them are pretty, and all have environmental drawbacks. But if you want to drive… Continue reading

Cost of Distributed Solar versus Centralized Solar Power
Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 24, 2012

Distributed Generation Hits Sweet Spot in Cost v. Transmission

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/distributed-generation-hits-sweet-spot-in-cost-v-transmission/

Update 3/27/12: added clarification to text and chart that prices include federal tax incentives If the cost of electricity were the only factor in energy discussions, we’d probably have a lot more coal and a lot less renewable energy.  But the truth is that renewable energy can compete on cost and distributed renewable energy has… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 24, 2012

Shareholders Matter in Network Neutrality Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/shareholders-matter-network-neutrality-rules

The SEC has moved network neutrality from the murky back rooms of day-to-day operations into the bright light of of shareholder resolutions. 
This is a significant turn for the SEC and it … Continue reading