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Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 21, 2012

Letter to the Editor: WTE Projects Are Not All Transparent

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/wte-projects-not-all-transparent/

Reposted from Waste & Recycling News - http://www.wasterecyclingnews.com/article/20120821/OPINION/120829991/letter-to-the-editor-wte-projects-are-not-all-transparent The lessons presented by John Foden in “Lessons in public acceptance of projects” (Waste & Recycling News, Aug. 6), are not in play in Frederick County, Md. There, Northeast Maryland Authority and state and county officials have spent the last few years obfuscating financial information, and not “embracing the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 21, 2012

Community Broadband Bits 9 – Leslie Nulty with ECFiber in Vermont

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-bits-9-leslie-nulty-ecfiber-vermont

The ninth episode of the Community Broadband Bits podcast features Leslie Nulty, from the East Central Vermont Fiber Optic Network, commonly called ECFiber. ECFiber is using a unique financing arrangement, wherein debt is sold to those in the community as the network slowly expands. They have already raised over $1 million dollars and are providing… Continue reading

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

Milo Medin on the Age of Broadband Abundance

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/milo-medin-age-broadband-abundance

Milo Medin, the VP of Access Services at Google (responsible for the Kansas City deployment) gave a 40 minute presentation discussing important changes in the Internet. We should be moving from an age of scarcity to abundance, if the big cable companies will stop hindering that change. The slides from his presentation are available here…. Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 17, 2012

Anti-public schools candidates crushed in Wisconsin

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/anti-public-schools-candidates-crushed-wisconsin/

With public schools under attack everywhere, a inspiring victory came out of Wisconsin last week.  The American Federation for Children (AFC), a pro school privatization group funded by billionaires from Michigan and millionaires from several other states, entered a slate of candidates in Democratic primaries for the state Assembly and Senate. The battle was joined… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 17, 2012

Google Creates Competition in Kansas City, TWC Hires 81 People

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/google-creates-competition-kansas-city-twc-hires-81-people

A Business Journal story yesterday reveals that Time Warner Cable is adding 81 jobs in Kansas City, an increase of 9% over its present area workforce: The company, which currently employs about 900 locally, wants to fill customer service, finance, sales and other positions. These are the jobs that result from competition – which does… Continue reading

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Article, Rule filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Aug 17, 2012

Virtual Net Metering

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

Net metering is a common distributed renewable energy policy in the United States, allowing individuals to “turn back” their meter (and reduce their electric bill) by generating on-site electricity.  But utility accounting systems typically prevent people from sharing the output from a single, common solar or wind project. Virtual (or group or neighborhood) net metering… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 3 Comments | Updated on Aug 16, 2012

Colorado’s Community Solar Program Allots 9 MW in 30 Minutes

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/colorados-community-solar-program-allots-9-mw-30-minutes/

When you subtract out shady roofs, renters, and other factors, only about 25% of Americans have a place to install solar power.  With the high upfront cost of a complete system, the potential solar universe shrinks further. That changes with “community solar.” After a long wait on the state’s Public Utilities Commission to finalize the… 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 16, 2012

Encouraging Corporate Crime

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

Almost daily we read about another apparently stiff financial penalty meted out for corporate malfeasance. This year corporations are on track to pay as much as $8 billion to resolve charges of defrauding the government, a record sum, according to the Department of Justice.  Last year big business paid the SEC $2.8 billion to settle… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 12 Comments | Updated on Aug 16, 2012

Independent Businesses Deliver Bigger Economic Benefit, Study Finds

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/independent-businesse-deliver-bigger-economic-benefit/

Choosing a locally owned business generates almost four times as much economic benefit for the surrounding community as shopping at a chain, a new study has concluded. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 16, 2012

Mediacom Says it Will Not Sue 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-says-it-will-not-sue-lake-county-minnesota

In Star Tribune coverage of Mediacom’s war against real broadband in rural Minnesota, we learn that Mediacom will not sue Lake County to disrupt its plan to serve thousands of unserved residents and local businesses. And for all its accusations, Larsen says Mediacom will not sue. Spending millions of dollars on a lawsuit in a… Continue reading