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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 15, 2012

Gig.U Advances in Florida With Gainesville Regional Utilities

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/gigu-advances-florida-gainesville-regional-utilities

We have been following the Gig.U initiative, the collaborative effort between 30+ U.S. leading research universities. Their mission is to quicken the deployment of high-speed networks to universities and their surrounding communities to improve innovation, research, collaboration, and economic development. This week, the University of Florida announced they will be working with Gainsville’s GRUCom, and… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 3 Comments | Updated on Jun 15, 2012

FHFA Finally Releases PACE Ruling: Did They Repent?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/fhfa-finally-releases-pace-ruling-repent/

After effectively suspending residential PACE energy efficiency and renewable energy municipal financing programs in 2010 and then being taken to federal court and required to do a revised rule making, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released its revised ruling on PACE programs [pdf] today. Did they repent from their 2010 assertion that PACE presented… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jun 14, 2012

Christopher Mitchell on KSCO 1080 am

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

Christopher Mitchell recently spoke with Michael Zwerling on Santa Cruz’s KSCO 1080 AM about municipal and community broadband. Christopher took questions from listeners on accessibility, WiFi networks, and more. Listen to the KSCO Interview Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 14, 2012

Broadband Boosts Economy in Southern Virginia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/broadband-boosts-economy-southern-virginia

Martinsville, located in south central Virginia within Henry County, is home to about 14,000 people, 10% fewer than in 2000. The town built a city-owned fiber optic network to connect local businesses and spur economic development in cooperation with the Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative. The backbone of the Martinsville Information Network (MINET), consists of 48 strands… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 4 Comments | Updated on Jun 14, 2012

Phase-Out of the Federal Wind Tax Credit a Good Thing?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/phase-out-federal-wind-tax-credit-good-thing/

Energy and Environment News has a very long story on a new angle for the federal wind tax credit debate: a phaseout. This article raises several issues, apart from that policy strategy, that are worth a quick discussion. 1. Why Would Wind Compete with Natural Gas? The article waxes long about the trials of the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 12, 2012

Gigabit Squared, Monticello, and Next Generation Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/gigabit-squared-monticello-and-next-generation-networks

For those waking up from a two week nap, the publicly owned FiberNet Monticello recently saw the private provider managing it step down, the City tell Bondholders that it would not make up the difference between revenues and debt payments, and us examining what the network has achieved. On Monday, the Monticello City Council joined… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 11, 2012

Media for All the People… and the Internet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/media-all-people-and-internet

Over the weekend, while listening to an old episode of Star Talk Radio with Neil deGrasse Tyson, I was reminded of just how incredible the open Internet is. And what happens when a few massive corporations dominate the airwaves. Neil was interviewing Nichelle Nichols, the actress who played Lt. Uhura on Star Trek – an… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 5 Comments | Updated on Jun 11, 2012

U.S. CLEAN Programs: Where Are We Now? What Have We Learned?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/u-s-clean-programs-now-learned/

This report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance identifies all of the existing CLEAN (Clean Local Energy Accessible Now) programs in the United States (also known as feed-in tariffs) and examines the lessons learned from the early adopters. Download the report [pdf] Read on the Kindle, Nook, or Apple iBooks Executive Summary CLEAN programs (Clean… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 8, 2012

Fiber in the Highest Virginia Appalachians

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/fiber-highest-virginia-appalachians

Mount Rogers, Virginia, has the distinction of being the highest elevation in the state. Located in Grayson County, the town is in the southeastern southwestern part of the state, high in the Appalachian Mountains. Needless to say, the region is challenged geographically when it comes to getting their residents and businesses connected to the Internet…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 8, 2012

A Closer Look at FiberNet Monticello

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/closer-look-fibernet-monticello

Monticello has been all over the muni broadband news lately, in the wake of a letter it sent to bondholders [pdf] alerting them that the City would no longer make up the difference between the revenues produced by the system and the debt payments. This came shortly after the company managing the network decided to… Continue reading