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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 13, 2012

Walmart Claims Its Stores are Magnets for Small Businesses; Not So, Research Finds

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/walmart-claims-stores-magnets-small-businesses-so-research-finds/

In its push to get into urban areas, Walmart is claiming that its stores are actually good for nearby small businesses, at least those that do not compete in the same product lines. But the empirical evidence — including a extensive study published recently in the Journal of Urban Economics — indicates otherwise. Continue reading

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

South Carolina Legislature Puts AT&T Monopoly Above Own Infrastructure Needs

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/south-carolina-legislature-puts-att-monopoly-above-own-infrastructure-needs

Last week, South Carolina’s General Assembly passed H3508, the ALEC and AT&T bill we previously warned you about. AT&T, ALEC, and cable companies pushed this bill to limit broadband competition and revoke local authority to decide if public investments in broadband infrastructure are wise. H3508 is one of the worst pieces of legislation we have… Continue reading

Article filed under General | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jul 12, 2012

Et tu Europe?

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

Europe is taking a page from the U.S. playbook. “Local governments, desperate to find a way to preserve… (historic) sites before it is too late,” the Washington Post reports, “are making up for budget shortfalls by hanging ads, selling usage rights and, in some cases, putting the structures themselves on the market.” In France, the caretakers of… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 11, 2012

Opelika, Alabama Breaks Ground on New Fiber Network Hub Home

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/opelika-alabama-breaks-ground-new-fiber-network-hub-home

We have followed events in Opelika’s network project for almost two years. In addition to creating a smart-grid for its municipal electric utility, the City plans to offer triple-play services. We previously covered Charter Cable’s astroturf campaign to oppose the network and how the campaign failed when Opelikans passed the referendum. This week, the 27,000… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 7 Comments | Updated on Jul 10, 2012

Why We Pay Double for Solar in America (But Won’t Forever)

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

Update 12/21/12: Corrected chart.  Overhead and Sales Tax had been switched in the German data column. I often get flak when I publish research on the cost trajectory for solar (e.g. my Rooftop Revolution report estimates 100 million Americans reaching grid parity by 2021).  About half think I’m too conservative, and half think I’m too… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 10, 2012

Government Technology Video Focuses on Chattanooga Community Fiber

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/government-technology-video-focuses-chattanooga-community-fiber

Government Technology interviews some local officials in Chattanooga about its network – the nation’s first network offering 1 gigabit connections throughout the entire community. The slowest Internet connection available, 30/30 Mbps, is available in bundles that rival Comcast and AT&T in price. But the Comcast and AT&T services are pathetic in comparison – particularly when… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 10, 2012

Community Broadband Bits 3 – UTOPIA and XMission

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-bits-3-utopia-and-xmission

For the third Community Broadband Bits podcast, we decided to do a double interview, perhaps making up for skipping last week due to our Independence Day holiday. In this show, we talk with Todd Marriott from the UTOPIA open access network in Utah. The second interview is with a provider on the network: Pete Ashdown,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 9, 2012

Independence and the Limits of Markets

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/independence-and-limits-markets

A new book from Michael J Sandel asks, “What Isn’t for Sale?” At least, that was the title of his article in the April Atlantic Monthly. The book is actually titled What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets and you can find it at your local bookstore. Broadband policy often deals with the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 7, 2012

Cable Access Gets Slammed, Time Porner Gets the Land

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/cable-access-gets-slammed-time-porner-gets-land

This is a guest post, authored by Jay April. Jay is a strong supporter of local authority and community media. He is a documentary filmmaker, video journalist, and new media innovator who now happens to find himself running a community TV and radio station in Maui, Hawaii. There is a new land grab in Hawaii… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 5, 2012

Greenacres Florida Connects to Palm Beach County Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/greenacres-florida-connects-palm-beach-county-network

In June, the city council of Greenacres, Florida, voted to invest $42,550 to connect to Palm Beach County’s fiber-optic network. Greenacres joins a growing list of Palm Beach County municipalities who have data-transmission agreements with the County. Other towns include Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Juno Beach, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach and Riviera Beach. Willie… Continue reading