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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 3, 2012

Community Broadband Praised for Helping Small Businesses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-praised-helping-small-businesses

Writing for the American Express Open Forum, author Jack Shultz helped to compile a list of what he considers the best small towns for business in the U.S. Ponca City made the list and was specifically singled out for the wireless network owned by the City: This town has a very progressive economic development organization…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 2, 2012

The Declaration of Internet Freedom

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

As we celebrate our Independence Day, we are supporting the Declaration of Internet Freedom, a new campaign that was launched this morning. Preamble: We believe that a free and open Internet can bring about a better world. To keep the Internet free and open, we call on communities, industries and countries to recognize these principles…. Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 2, 2012

U.S. CLEAN Explanation and Update

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

  This short presentation distills the definition and status of U.S. CLEAN (“feed-in tariff”) programs given in our full report.  Click below to watch the slideshow. You can also read the full report in PDF, or get it for Kindle, Nook, or your Apple iDevice. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 30, 2012

Seattle’s Short History of and Bleak Future for Community Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/seattles-short-history-and-bleak-future-community-broadband

We have followed Seattle’s on-again, off-again consideration of a community broadband network for years and have occasionally noted the successful cable network in nearby Tacoma. Seattle Met’s Matthew Halverson has penned a short, impressive article explaining the trials and tribulations of Tacoma while also exploring why Seattle’s Mayor has abandoned his goal of a broadband… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 29, 2012

What if FiberNet Monticello Had Been Canned in 2008?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/what-if-fibernet-monticello-had-been-canned-2008

Monticello faced a number of key decision moments throughout the history of its FiberNet. Given the recent changes in management and decision not to make up the different between debt service and revenues, some may be wondering if proceeding with FiberNet was the smart decision. It was 2008 and the economy hadn’t entered its death… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 28, 2012

Fiber Optic ConnectArlington Moving Forward in Virginia

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

Arlington County, Virginia is taking advantage of a series of planned projects to create their own fiber optic network, ConnectArlington. The County is moving into phase II of its three part plan to improve connectivity with a publicly owned fiber network. Some creative thinking and inter-agency collaboration seem to be the keys to success in… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 27, 2012

Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Next Town to Consider Fiber Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/tahlequah-oklahoma-next-town-consider-fiber-network

Tahlequah, Oklahoma, far on the eastern side of the state, recently decided to investigate the possibility of building a new network. On June 15th, the Tahlequah Public Works Authority Board approved the financing of a feasibility study on the options. According to Rob W. Anderson’s Tahlequah Daily Press article: “We budgeted $40,000 for this, and… Continue reading

Solar Shifts Peak Demand for the Electric Grid
Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Jun 27, 2012

Four Charts Provide Distributed Solar Lessons from California

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/charts-provide-distributed-solar-lessons-california/

A new study for the California Public Utilities Commission explores the “Technical Potential for Local Distributed Photovoltaics in California.”  Basically, it’s one of the more in-depth analyses of local solar power in the country, suggesting that California has the capacity to add 15 gigawatts (GW) of local solar (20 megawatts and smaller) to its grid… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 27, 2012

Community Broadband Bits 2 – Wired West Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-bits-2-wired-west-podcast

In our second podcast, we have interviewed Monica Webb with the Wired West Initiative in rural western Massachusetts. Like our first podcast, this should be an excellent resource for those who are still in the early stages of community broadband and seeking ideas or inspiration. We continue to be interested in your feedback and suggestions… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by admin | 1 Comment | Updated on Jun 25, 2012

What Is Holding Back Solar Feed-In-Tariff Programs In The U.S. Market?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/holding-solar-feed-in-tariff-programs-u-s-market/

Solar Industry Magazine, June 21, 2012 Feed-in tariffs (FITs) have spurred the installation of more than three-quarters of global solar capacity. Germany’s FIT – perhaps one of the best-known programs – has led to the development of more than 50,000 MW of solar power and wind power domestically since its inception in 1990. But despite… Continue reading