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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 10, 2012

Government Technology Video Focuses on Chattanooga Community Fiber

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/government-technology-video-focuses-chattanooga-community-fiber

Government Technology interviews some local officials in Chattanooga about its network – the nation’s first network offering 1 gigabit connections throughout the entire community. The slowest Internet connection available, 30/30 Mbps, is available in bundles that rival Comcast and AT&T in price. But the Comcast and AT&T services are pathetic in comparison – particularly when… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 10, 2012

Community Broadband Bits 3 – UTOPIA and XMission

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-bits-3-utopia-and-xmission

For the third Community Broadband Bits podcast, we decided to do a double interview, perhaps making up for skipping last week due to our Independence Day holiday. In this show, we talk with Todd Marriott from the UTOPIA open access network in Utah. The second interview is with a provider on the network: Pete Ashdown,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 9, 2012

Independence and the Limits of Markets

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/independence-and-limits-markets

A new book from Michael J Sandel asks, “What Isn’t for Sale?” At least, that was the title of his article in the April Atlantic Monthly. The book is actually titled What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets and you can find it at your local bookstore. Broadband policy often deals with the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 7, 2012

Cable Access Gets Slammed, Time Porner Gets the Land

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/cable-access-gets-slammed-time-porner-gets-land

This is a guest post, authored by Jay April. Jay is a strong supporter of local authority and community media. He is a documentary filmmaker, video journalist, and new media innovator who now happens to find himself running a community TV and radio station in Maui, Hawaii. There is a new land grab in Hawaii… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 5, 2012

Greenacres Florida Connects to Palm Beach County Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/greenacres-florida-connects-palm-beach-county-network

In June, the city council of Greenacres, Florida, voted to invest $42,550 to connect to Palm Beach County’s fiber-optic network. Greenacres joins a growing list of Palm Beach County municipalities who have data-transmission agreements with the County. Other towns include Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Juno Beach, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach and Riviera Beach. Willie… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 3 Comments | Updated on Jul 5, 2012

Walmart: 50 Years of Gutting America’s Middle Class

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/walmart-50-years-gutting-americas-middle-class/

Walmart’s history is the story of what has gone wrong in the American economy. Wages have stagnated. The middle class has shrunk. The ranks of the working poor have swelled. Whatever we may have saved shopping at Walmart, we’ve more than paid for it in diminished opportunities and declining income. Continue reading

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

For Independence Day, Lessig on Independence

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/independence-day-lessig-independence

Larry Lessig addressed the 2012 WiscNet Conference in Madison, talking about the importance of achieving the goals of the Founders of the United States in creating a system where those making the rules were independent of corrupting influences. About 45 minutes long, and well worth watching in entirety — especially if you have not seen… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 3 Comments | Updated on Jul 4, 2012

Energy Independence or Clean Energy Self-Reliance?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/energy-independence-clean-energy-self-reliance/

Update August 7, 2012: I’d like to this this qualifies as Friedman’s response to this column. In Thomas Friedman’s latest column, he praises Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts because he “took one for the country.”  Friedman sees that “America today is poised for a great renewal” if only it can get some “big, centrist,… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jul 3, 2012

Twenty Jobs Created at Bridgeport Mattress Refurbishing Plant

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/twenty-jobs-created-bridgeport-mattress-refurbishing-plant/

ILSR, working under a recycling and economic development grant from US EPA Region 1 and the Office of Mayor Bill Flint of Bridgeport, CT, facilitated the development of a mattress refurbishing and recycling plant that opened for business on June 27. Continue reading

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

Vidalia, Louisiana Pursues Fiber Dreams

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/vidalia-louisiana-pursues-fiber-dreams

Vidalia, a Louisiana town with 4,300 residents, is a small town with a big idea. Vidalia one of the poorest regions in the country with an unemployment rate hovering around 9.4% so area leaders seek new ways to improve opportunity. The Vidalia Broadband Initiative aims to connect every home with a gig and provide 10… Continue reading