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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 3, 2014

OnLight Aurora Partners with the City for Better Connectivity in Illinois

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/onlight-aurora-partners-city-better-connectivity-illinois

Nine years ago, Aurora officials decided it was time to reduce telecommunications costs and upgrade to a faster, more reliable network. The local government built a fiber network to service municipal government, but developed long-term ideas for the network to benefit the entire community. Nonprofit OnLight Aurora now uses the City’s fiber optic network to provide… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 2, 2014

Cable Industry Dumps Dark Money into DC

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/cable-industry-dumps-dark-money-dc

The Center for Public Integrity released data last year showing some of the ways big cable companies are distorting our republic by funnelling millions into political groups working to further the interests of massive corporations rather than local businesses and citizens. The head cable lobbying group, the National Cable & Television Association, collects some $60… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 1, 2014

Baltimore Mayor: You Can’t Grow Jobs with Slow Internet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/baltimore-mayor-you-cant-grow-jobs-slow-internet

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake sees expanding Internet access as a justice issue and wants to make sure every Baltimore resident benefits from City assets, including fiber optic cables. To that end, the City is examining how it can use its conduit and fiber to improve Internet access. We have previously covered Baltimore and its consideration… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 31, 2014

Kansas Anti-Competition Bill Authored by Cable Lobbyists

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/kansas-anti-competition-bill-authored-cable-lobbyists

We learned a lot today about the anti-competition bill (SB 304) in Kansas to limit Internet network investments. Ars Technica’s Jon Brodkin discovered the source of the bill, the Kansas Cable Telecommunications Association: That’s a lobby group with members such as Comcast, Cox, Eagle Communications, and Time Warner Cable. The bill was introduced this week,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 31, 2014

Businesses Mount Opposition to Anti-Competition Cable Bill in Kansas

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/businesses-mount-opposition-anti-competition-cable-bill-kansas

In a very quick turnaround, a number of prominent companies have signed on to a letter opposing the Kansas bill to block competition for existing Internet providers, like Time Warner Cable. Firms signing the letter sent to the Commerce Committee include Alcatel-Lucent, American Public Power Association, Atlantic Engineering Group, Calix, CTC Technology & Energy, Fiber… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 2 Comments | Updated on Jan 30, 2014

Natural Gas isn’t a Bridge Fuel, it’s a Gateway Drug

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/natural-gas-bridge-fuel-gateway-drug/

In his State of the Union, President Obama added to the conventional wisdom that supplanting coal with natural gas will act as a bridge toward a climate solution. Unfortunately, gas is more of a gateway drug than a bridge to a clean energy future. 1) It’s still a major greenhouse gas.  Sure, natural gas is… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 30, 2014

Early Reactions to Anti-Competition Broadband Bill in Kansas

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/early-reactions-anti-competition-broadband-bill-kansas

Following the introduction of SB 304 to limit investment in Internet networks in Kansas, which we covered on Tuesday, we saw some early reactions from those who fear the bill will effectively stop new investment in networks, much to the benefit of the big cable and telephone companies already providing service. We quickly saw a… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 30, 2014

Bill to Limit Internet Investment Introduced in Kansas

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/bill-limit-internet-investment-kansas/

Kansas is the latest legislative battle ground in the fight to preserve local self-reliance. The Kansas Legislature is taking up SB 304 to limit local municipalities’ authority to invest in publicly owned networks. While the language of the bill states the purpose is to “encourage widespread use of technological advances” for video and broadband at… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jan 30, 2014

Can Cities Tackle Inequality?

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

After Bill de Blasio was elected mayor of New York City on a promise to narrow the gap between rich and poor, former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer (D) lectured him on the facts of local government life. “The point is, you’re a mayor, buster, you’ve got to make sure the snow gets plowed. You’ve got… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under The Public Good | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 30, 2014

Self-Reliance Podcast Episode 1: Local Self-Reliance in the Modern Economy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/self_reliance_podcast_episode_1/

What is the role of local self-reliance in the modern economy? As world travel, global commerce, and communications across the oceans bring us closer together, the role of localism changes. In our inaugural podcast episode, we bring together three ILSR veterans to look at the issue. Christopher Mitchell, Director of the Telecommunications as Commons initiative… Continue reading