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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 13, 2014

A Solar Ownership Comeback? John Farrell Talks with Arnie Arnesen on WNHN

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/solar-ownership-comeback-john-farrell-talks-arnie-arnesen-wnhn/

A month ago I wrote about the potential for a comeback for solar ownership (instead of leasing) as the economics and options for ownership continue to improve. Yesterday I discussed this trend in depth on “The Attitude” with Arnie Arnesen on WNHN. Subscribe to the podcast here, or listen by clicking the player below:   Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 13, 2014

FCC Releases Notice of Inquiry on Broadband Progress

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/fcc-releases-notice-inquiry-broadband-progress

Section 702 of the 1996 Telecommunications Act requires the FCC to report annually on whether “advanced telecommunications capability is being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion.” The FCC kicked off its tenth such report on Tuesday by releasing a “Notice of Inquiry,” (NOI) in effect asking individuals and groups around the… Continue reading

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Article filed under The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 12, 2014

VT blazes trail for single payer health insurance.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/vt-blazes-trail-single-payer-health-insurance/

A single-payer system is one in which the government, rather than private insurance companies, pays all health care costs. Some on the left have long harbored hopes for a national single-payer system, but the odds that Congress would ever extinguish the private insurance industry have never been anything but long.  Vermont is different. Vermonters proudly… Continue reading

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Article filed under The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 12, 2014

The best single explanation of how and why Newark’s public schools are being privatized.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/single-explanation-newarks-public-schools-privatized/

Half a year after Newark Public Schools launched an “agenda to ensure all students are in excellent schools,” the plan has come under a federal civil rights investigation to determine whether it “discriminates against black students.”  An in-depth look into the district’s ultimately unsuccessful attempt to close one South Ward school reveals how real estate… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 12, 2014

Muni Fiber as Real Estate – Community Broadband Bits Episode 111

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/muni-fiber-real-estate-community-broadband-bits-episode-111

Hunter Newby is back for his second appearance on Community Broadband Bits to discuss his thoughts on carrier neutral approaches to spur our economy with more investment in better networks. We just talked with Hunter in episode 104 on carrier neutral approaches to middle mile networks. Now we discuss these types of approaches within communities… Continue reading

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Article filed under The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 12, 2014

The Private Sector has Proven Inefficient and Corrupt. The Public is Making a Comeback

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/private-sector-proven-inefficient-corrupt-public-making-comeback/

Hilary Wainwright’s booklet – The Tragedy of the Private, the Potential of the Public – describes water, health and education as “the commons” and illustrates a quiet process of remunicipalization is taking place all over the world. There is a palpable momentum to these ideas. Last summer saw the formation of the We Own It… Continue reading

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Article filed under The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 12, 2014

Privatizing Food Service in Michigan Prisons Proves Disastrous

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/privatizing-food-service-michigan-prisons-proves-disastrous/

Less than a year after Michigan shifted responsibility for feeding its prisoners to a private contract with international food services conglomerate Aramark, the state Department of Corrections (DOC) is warning the company that it may yank the contract. The DOC says Aramark has violated terms of the contract hundreds of times since December. The violations… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 11, 2014

Missoula Releases Results of Broadband Feasibility Study

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/missoula-releases-results-broadband-feasibility-study

The culmination of more than a year of discussion, funding searches, vendor selection, and research, Missoula has released the results of its broadband feasibility study. The study’s final report makes a range of recommendations, highlighted by the urging to invest $10.5 million from various sources to construct an open access fiber optic network connecting local… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 11, 2014

A Few Weeds in Minnesota Decision to Allow Community Solar Gardens to Grow

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/weeds-minnesota-decision-community-solar-gardens-grow/

Late last week, Minnesota regulators made a decision that may finally allow community solar projects to move forward (for Xcel Energy customers) in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. However, the Public Utilities Commission decision also highlighted the shortcomings of the legislature’s distributed solar policy adopted in 2013. What was missing? Minnesota’s increasingly well-known “value of… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Aug 9, 2014

Media Roundup: Week of August 8

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/media-roundup-week-august-8

This week’s rumblings on municipal broadband held more reverberations from last week’s announcement that the FCC would take up formal proceedings regarding Chattanooga, TN and Wilson, NC petitions. The message for preempting state laws is being amplified, first Business Insider wrote this piece on How “Gig City” Chattanooga is putting Big Cable on the ropes: “Ultimately what… Continue reading