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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 16, 2012

Collaboration Alive and Well In Wisconsin Broadband Expansion

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/collaboration-alive-and-well-wisconsin-broadband-expansion

Wise people say that collaboration often leads to a better result than individual efforts. Recently, I was reminded of the benefits of different levels of collaboration, as they relate to community networks, in two separate articles about fiber-optic expansion in Wisconsin. First, is a recent Randy Happel article in Trenchless Technology, about how UW-Extension is… Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Apr 16, 2012

Tax Day. Time to Demolish Some Common Myths

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/tax-day-time-demolish-common-myths/

Tax Day 2012 is upon us. And given the centrality of taxes as an election issue, it would be accurate to say that Tax Year 2012 is upon us. To inform the tax debate, the Citizens for Tax Justice, one of the most competent of any groups on this subject, has provided the data rebutting… 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 Apr 16, 2012

Are Republican Governors Truly Representing Their Citizens on Health Care?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/republican-governors-representing-citizens-health-care/

A few days ago 26 states argued before the Supreme Court that the health law’s dramatic extension of Medicaid coverage constitutes unconstitutional federal coercion.  ”Congress easily could have designed an act that encouraged rather than forced states to expand their Medicaid programs,” their brief submitted to the Court argues. “By making a conscious decision to… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 14, 2012

Chattanooga Building a Green Brick Road

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

Zero Waste Zone, April 14, 2012 In perfect timing with Earth month, The City of Chattanooga is exploring how to bring zero waste practices to the residential and corporate community.  The main ingredients for success are in place: 1) solid local government support, 2) corporate community enthusiasm, and 3) strong local markets for recyclable material. Chattanooga Director of Sustainability… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 14, 2012

New Funny LUS Fiber HDTV Commercial

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/new-funny-lus-fiber-hdtv-commercial

LUS Fiber has released a new ad promoting its HDTV services – probably the best ad I have seen from a community broadband network promoting its services. Video:  Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Apr 13, 2012

Book Burning Hoax Results in Huge Support for Michigan Public Library

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/book-burning-hoax-results-huge-support-michigan-public-library/

Sometimes it takes a truly imaginative hoax to jolt us into realizing how much we value the public. That’s what happened in Troy, Michigan last summer. Nationwide, over 90 percent of public library money comes from local property tax dollars.  Thus every time a public library needs money it has to go to the voters. … Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 13, 2012

Clallam County, Washington, Connects Anchor Institutions

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/clallam-county-washington-connects-anchor-institutions

Washington’s Olympic Peninsula is one step closer to being laced in a new fiber-optic network. The first link in the new Peninsula-wide broadband project is between Blyn and Sequim and will serve the Jamestown S’Klallam tribe from its new Blyn library to a local medical clinic located in Jamestown. Also benefiting from the new expansion… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 12, 2012

Leverett, Massachusetts, Ponders Community-Owned Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/leverett-massachusetts-ponders-community-owned-network

Leverett, Massachusetts, is one step closer to a community owned FTTH network. The town of 2,000 will have weekly public information meetings until the Annual Town Meeting scheduled for April 28, 2012. If the required $3.6 million funding is approved at the meeting, the city will issue a Request For Proposals to build the network…. Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Apr 11, 2012

Wisconsin To Stop Doing Cost-Benefit Studies Because They Find Public Is Better

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/wisconsin-stop-cost-benefit-studies-find-public/

Back in 2005,  Wisconsin state agencies were found to be spending more contracting out for services than if they were done by existing public employees.  In response the legislature, with bipartisan support, passed a bill requiring agencies to conduct a cost-benefit analysis before privatizing large public contracts. By far the biggest state government outsourcer was… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Apr 11, 2012

Net Metering a Cost to Utilities, or a Benefit?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/net-metering-cost-utilities-benefit-2/

Update: A third-party study of net metering in California also found that solar customers provide more benefit than cost to the utility Utilities often claim that allowing customers to run their meter backward (by generating electricity on-site, e.g. from rooftop solar) can affect their bottom line because these customers don’t pay enough to cover the… Continue reading