City on solid ground in lawsuit By Christopher Mitchell, originally published in the Monticello Times, July 31, 2008 At a time when most of the United States has slower, more expensive Internet connections than our overseas competitors, communities across the country have responded with initiatives to build the infrastructure of the 21st century. And… Continue reading
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Buffalo News, July 27, 2008 The newly discovered natural gas reserves in the deep layer of rock of the Marcellus Shale, which lies under the Southern Tier, are potentially worth more than $70 billion. On Wednesday, Gov. David Paterson signed a bill making it easier for companies to drill for natural gas. Unfortunately, he didn’t… Continue reading
Christopher Mitchell appeared on the Mark Heaney Show on Air America
Radio to discuss the Monticello Fiber Net lawsuit and the importance of
publicly owned broadband networks
Minneapolis, Minn.— (July 23, 2008). Monticello has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit preventing it from building the fiber optic network 74% of voters supported in a referendum last fall.
TDS,the incumbent telephone provider in Monticello, rebuffed solicitations from the City to build a fiber network before filing a complaint to prevent the City from building its own network.
During the first week of July, over 40 local business alliances across the country celebrated Independents Week, an annual event that draws public attention to the importance of supporting locally owned, independent businesses. Continue reading
This commentary was originally published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. What Wal-Mart has saved poor and middle-income Americans —and there’s reason to doubt the depth and durability of those discounts — it has taken that and more from them in diminished job opportunities and reduced income. Continue reading
Sustainable economy is the core of freedom By David Morris, originally published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, July 3, 2008 This July 4th, as with all July 4ths, our political leaders will retell the inspiring story of how a brave band of colonies declared their independence from the mightiest empire on earth. And, as usual,… Continue reading
Money is Fleeing Pennsylvania should get a cut of the state’s increasingly valuable natural gas resources By Justin Dahlheimer, originally published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 2, 2008 One resource that could help improve Pennsylvania’s fiscal future during an economic recession can be found under its feet, or, more precisely, under its soil. While the… Continue reading
Like any other vampire, “waste to energy” technology, e.g., burning garbage for electricity, needs a good, swift stake to the heart. Continue reading