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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on May 8, 2014

Local. 33% Renewable. And Lower Prices. Sonoma Clean Power “CCA” Launches.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/local-33-renewable-sonoma-clean-power-cca-launches/

Starting last week, 20,000 Sonoma County, CA, electricity customers will get more renewable power at a lower cost than from their previous utility, Pacific Gas & Electric. More of their $180 million in energy expenses will stay in the local economy. The portion of renewable electricity (“CleanStart”) for the average customer will rise by 50%…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 7, 2014

Multiple Minnesota Projects Submit “Expressions of Interest” to FCC

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/multiple-minnesota-projects-submit-expressions-interest-fcc

We reported in February that the FCC sought “expressions of interest” from entities that want a share of Connect America funds. The agency sought feedback on the need and desire for projects across the country from entities that have not traditionally received universal service funds. The FCC received over 1,000 expressions of interest. Minnesota leads… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on May 6, 2014

Connecting Arlington, From Anchors to Businesses – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #97

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/connecting-arlington-anchors-businesses-community-broadband-bits-podcast-97

Located just outside Washington DC, Arlington is the dense, high tech county that houses the Pentagon. This week’s Community Broadband Bits podcast features Arlington County CIO Jack Belcher. Having already built a top-notch fiber network to connect community anchor institutions, the County is now preparing to improve connectivity for local businesses. We discuss a range… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on May 6, 2014

Bill Moyers on Network Neutrality and Threat from Comcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/bill-moyers-network-neutrality-and-threat-comcast

Bill Moyers has returned to again discuss Network Neutrality with guests Susan Crawford and David Carr from the New York Times. The show is embedded below and well worth watching, especially toward the end as Bill reveals the revolving-door between the top levels of the Federal Communication Commission and industry lobbyists. During the show, they… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on May 5, 2014

International Conversation on Zero Waste, May 2014

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/international-conversation-waste-2014/

During a recent e-mail interchange, Mal Williams of Zero Waste Wales, Plasnewydd, Cardiff, reported on disappearing waste in that country. In order to maximize efficiency, add value to collected recyclables and reduce available materials for incineration, co-mingled recycling (single stream), is being phased out. Nancy Gorrell, Berkeley, CA commented: Hooray for Wales! Here in Berkeley,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 5, 2014

“DIY Tools and Strategies for Communities Google Fiber is NOT Calling” Webinar from Blandin May 8th, 3 – 4 p.m.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/diy-tools-and-strategies-communities-google-fiber-not-calling-webinar-blandin-may-8th-3-4-pm

The Blandin Foundation is hosting another informative webinar on May 8th from 3-4 p.m. central. This free webinar will focus on some of the most common issues facing communities that want to move forward with broadband initiatives. Ron Corriveau of COS Systems will offer his expertise. The webinar is titled “DIY Tools and Strategies for… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 5, 2014

“To the Point” Talks With Christopher on Munis and Net Neutrality

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/point-talks-christopher-munis-and-net-neutrality

Public radio KCRW in Santa Monica recently interviewed Chris Mitchell as part of a panel on “To the Point.” Host Barbara Bogaev spoke with Chris, U.S. Representative Anna Eshoo, Christopher Ali from the University of Virginia, and Gautham Nagesh from the Wall Street Journal. Federal regulators are unveiling a plan that would create fast and slow… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on May 5, 2014

A Little Tapped City Strategy for Boosting Local Renewable Energy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/tapped-city-strategy-boosting-local-renewable-energy/

Many cities served by private utilities think they have little capacity to encourage local renewable energy development.  But a largely untapped tool – utility franchise contracts – may hold the key. There are two kinds of city energy systems: publicly owned or privately owned. Cities with municipal utilities already have the power to implement the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 4, 2014

Resort Town In Utah Seeks Partner to Expand Economic Base with FTTH

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/resort-town-utah-seeks-partner-expand-economic-base-ftth

Park City wants to be one of the first resort communities to employ an FTTH gigabit network. Currently, over 22 million visitors come to the northern ski town each year bringing approximately $500 million in tourist spending. The community of 7,600 permanent residents seeks to diversify its economic base. According to a recent Park City… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 2, 2014

Wheeler Tells Cable Industry He Intends to Remove Anti-Competitive State Laws

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/wheeler-tells-cable-industry-he-intends-remove-anti-competitive-state-laws

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is prepared to roll back restrictions that prevent local governments from deciding if a municipal network would be a wise investment. At the Cable Show Industry conference in Los Angeles, Wheeler told cable industry leaders the FCC will wield its powers to reduce state barriers on municipal networks. Wheeler spoke before… Continue reading