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

Samuel Morse, the Telegraph, and Government

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/samuel-morse-telegraph-and-government

Smithsonian magazine provides some background on Samuel Morse, inventor of Morse Code and credited with inventing the telegraph.
It is interesting background, but not particularly relevant for community broadband until a paragraph toward the end:
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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 1 Comment | Updated on Dec 30, 2011

Eaters, Beware: Walmart is Taking Over our Food System

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/eaters-beware-walmart-is-taking-over-our-food-system/

Walmart’s expansion is making our food system more concentrated and industrialized than ever before. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 29, 2011

Publicly Owned Network in Cortez Connects Business Corridor

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/publicly-owned-network-cortez-connects-business-corridor

We have been trying to keep close track of the recent group of communities building incremental, publicly owned, open access fiber networks — which often starting with connections to businesse… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 28, 2011

Salisbury’s Fibrant Hits 1600 Subscribers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/salisburys-fibrant-hits-1600-subscribers

The muni FTTH network owned by the city of Salisbury, North Carolina, is finishing the calendar year with over 1600 subscribers. The network just began signing up customers 13 months ago.
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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 27, 2011

Broadband Blindness Documentary

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

A new documentary from California explores the failure of the private sector and competition more generally to sufficiently invest in fast, affordable, and reliable access to the Internet.  It comes in three parts and runs about 25 minutes in tot… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 26, 2011

History of Monticello and TDS: Be Wary of Incumbent Providers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/history-monticello-and-tds-be-wary-incumbent-providers

I recently stumbled across some interesting pieces of information between Monticello and telephone-incumbent TDS when the Minnesota City decided to build a city-owned next-generation FTTH netwo… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Dec 23, 2011

Walmart spends big to help anti-environment candidates

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/walmart-spends-big-to-help-anti-environment-candidates/

Over the last decade, Walmart has emerged as one of the country’s largest funders of political campaigns. Its dollars skew heavily in favor of candidates who routinely vote against the environment. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 23, 2011

B4RN Expands Community Broadband in Rural England

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/b4rn-expands-community-broadband-rural-england

One of our kindred spirits across the pond reached out to me after I wrote about Vermont’s self-funded community network. The B4RN initiative, Broadband for the Rural North, has launched using… Continue reading

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Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | 2 Comments | Updated on Dec 22, 2011

Occupy Giving

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

This is the giving season and we Americans are prodigious givers.  Nearly two thirds of us donate to charities each year.  This year we will send more than $225 billion to charities.  More than a quarter of this giving will occur in December. Those are the bare facts.  But this year, when the stark divide… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 19, 2011

John Farrell Talks Democratizing the Electricity System Through Decentralizing Power on WKBM

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/john-farrell-talks-democratizing-electricity-system-through-decentralizing-power-wkbm/

In this Nov. 20 interview with Baruch on his WKBM Paradigms program, we talked about: The coming decentralization of the electricity system The folly of a building inherently decentralized technology (wind and solar) in a centralized fashion The benefits for local ownership of a decentralized system How limited economies of scale for solar and wind… Continue reading