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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Energy | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 30, 2012

Hawaii Drives Past Solar Power Cost Barrier, Surprised by Additional Roadblocks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/hawaii-drives-solar-power-cost-barrier-surprised-additional-roadblocks/

The report finds that while the economics of solar continue to improve, a number of unexpected barriers have arisen. Homes often need electrical upgrades and local governments struggle to keep up with permit requests. Utilities are also reluctant to give up their market dominance, enforcing antiquated rules about grid interconnection that can add significant expense, delay, or even kill projects entirely. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 30, 2012

The Economics of the Google Gigabit

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

In the excitement around Google’s unveiling of the $70 gigabit broadband connection in Kansas City, some may be wondering how it is that Google can offer a gigabit for moderately more than what most of us pay for far slower cable broadband connections. On one side of the equation is the fact that big cable… Continue reading

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

Broadband and News Concerns in New Orleans

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/broadband-and-news-concerns-new-orleans

The news that the New Orleans Times-Picayune would dramatically cut back on its printed edition led to a fine article discussing the role of the digital divide as it becomes harder to live without access to the Internet. It’s harder to profit from the investment in broadband infrastructure in rural areas where fewer residents live… Continue reading

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

How AT&T and Time Warner Cable Pass Anti-Competition Broadband Bills

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/how-att-and-time-warner-cable-pass-anti-competition-broadband-bills

In keeping with our coverage of states that revoke local authority to prevent AT&T, Time Warner Cable, and the like from having to deal with any actual competition, we want to highlight the video below that explains how a modern bill becomes a law. It ain’t like it used to be and it doesn’t have… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 27, 2012

Harold Feld Examines The Meaning Behind The Verizon/SpectrumCo/Cox Deal

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/harold-feld-examines-meaning-behind-verizonspectrumcocox-deal

Several months ago, we wrote this post but it got lost in the system. We think it still worthwhile, so here it is. The word “cartel” drums up many negative annotations – drug cartels, oil cartels. Never anything positive, such as bunny cartels or chocolate cartels. Harold Feld (of Public Knowledge) explains the emergence of… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jul 27, 2012

The Health Care Debate: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/debating-health-care-american-bubble/

Nowhere is the phrase American Exceptionalism more appropriately used than when describing our debate over health care.  Outside the bubble that is the United States health care is viewed as a right, recognition that sickness and injury can strike anyone despite their best efforts and an acknowledgement of a basic obligation civilized societies have to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 26, 2012

Orangeburg County, South Carolina, Moves Ahead With Stimulus-Funded Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/orangeburg-county-south-carolina-moves-ahead-stimulus-funded-broadband

Orangeburg County, South Carolina, received $18.65 million in broadband stimulus funds for high-speed broadband (which we previously noted). Unfortunately, AT&T and its friends at ALEC have since pushed through a state law to limit local authority in building networks. According to the Broadband Adoption Map from the Investigative Reporting Workshop of the American University School of… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 26, 2012

Google Fiber Unveiled in Kansas City

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/google-fiber-unveiled-kansas-city

Google Fiber is unveiled. And it sucks to be Time Warner Cable right now. But they already knew that. Google is offering 3 packages in Kansas City – a gigabit Internet connection for $70/month, a TV + Gigabit Internet connection for $120/month, and a free Internet tier of 5/1Mbps (subject to a one time $300… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 10 Comments | Updated on Jul 26, 2012

Hawaiian Sunblock: Solar Facing Unexpected Barriers Despite Low Cost

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/hawaiian-sunblock-solar-facing-unexpected-barriers-cost/

First in the U.S., Hawaii residents and businesses can install solar power – without incentives – for less than the cost of grid electricity.  But as local Earthjustice lawyer Isaac Moriwake notes, “the gates of heaven do not open just because solar is cheap.”  Instead, a number of unexpected barriers have kept the solar market… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jul 26, 2012

The Chutzpah of Peter Orszag

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

If chutzpah is killing your parents then throwing yourself on the mercy of the court because you’re an orphan then Peter Orszag is the poster child for chutzpah.  In his recent article in Bloomberg News he insists the best fix for the post office is to take it private.  Where does the chutzpah come from? … Continue reading