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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 17, 2012

Tech News Today: Georgia Hates the Internet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/tech-news-today-georgia-hates-internet

On Wednesday, Tech News Today on the This Week in Tech (TWiT) network had Christopher Mitchell on to discuss pending legislation in Georgia that would essentially outlaw publicly owned networks in the state.
I come on about 25 minutes, 45 seconds in… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 16, 2012

Honesty From Heartland: Munis Outgunned in Competition with Private Sector

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/honesty-heartland-munis-outgunned-competition-private-sector

The Heartland Institute is one of those organizations that will say anything its massive corporate funders want it to. It is embroiled in a scandal from the release of internal documents due t… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 16, 2012

Bloomberg: The Case for Publicly Owned Internet Service

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/bloomberg-case-publicly-owned-internet-service

Susan Crawford’s op-ed in Bloomberg makes a tremendous case for publicly owned broadband networks.
She notes the importance of broadband and the failure of big cable and DSL companies to meet… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 15, 2012

AT&T Trying to Redefine Broadband in Georgia, South Carolina

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/att-trying-redefine-broadband-georgia-south-carolina

The absurdity of AT&T’s push to define broadband as 200kbps is so great, it boggles the imagination. We developed the graphic below to highlight just how slow 200kbps connections are.

Feel free to spread it around. Higher quality pdf below.
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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 15, 2012

South Carolina Cable Association Also Wants to Limit Competition

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/south-carolina-cable-association-also-wants-limit-competition

Many complain about gridlock in Washington, DC, but I sometimes subscribe to the cynical counter-reaction that gridlock is great. It is when the Democrats and Republicans agree that Americans … Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 14, 2012

EPA’s Green Power Partnership Helps Big Corporations Greenwash

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/epas-green-power-partnership-helps-big-corporations-greenwash/

Update 4/23/13: EPA has updated its rankings to reflect green power as a percentage of total electricity use, accurately portraying Walmart’s paltry 4% renewable energy. While I generally have nothing but praise for the Environmental Protection Agency, their Green Power Partnership program falls short of the agency’s usual standard.  In particular, the program – providing… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 14, 2012

Bloomberg’s Susan Crawford Cites ILSR’s Municipal Broadband Work

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/bloombergs-susan-crawford-cites-ilsrs-municipal-broadband-work/

In an Op-Ed for Bloomberg, Susan Crawford highlights the advantages of publicly owned broadband. She notes that ILSR is tracking advances as more communities decide to build their own networks to ensure they are not lost in the race for advancement Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 13, 2012

Washington Legislation to Spur Rural Broadband Killed in Committee

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/washington-legislation-spur-rural-broadband-killed-committee

Lobbyists for major cable and DSL companies (Comcast, Frontier, and others) already earned their pay in Washington state this year by killing a bill that would have allowed some public utility … 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 Feb 10, 2012

Where is Kropotkin When We Really Need Him?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/where-is-kropotkin-when-we-really-need-him/

On February 8, 1921 twenty thousand people, braving temperatures so low that musical instruments froze, marched in a funeral procession in the town of Dimitrov, a suburb of Moscow. They came to pay their respects to a man, Petr Kropotkin, and his philosophy, anarchism. Some 90 years later few know of Kropotkin. And the word… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 8, 2012

Pay Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain: Listen to AT&T’s CEO, not Lobbyists

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/pay-attention-man-behind-curtain-listen-atts-ceo-not-lobbyists

AT&T lobbyists in Georgia and South Carolina are arguing that local governments should not be allowed to build the networks that communities need, suggesting that the private sector is prim… Continue reading