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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

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Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Dec 15, 2011

John Farrell Talks Renewable Energy Incentives and Boulder’s Municipal Energy Effort with Tom McKinnon on KGNU

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/john-farrell-talks-renewable-energy-incentives-and-boulders-municipal-energy-effort-tom-mcki/

In this short interview on KGNU’s science show – How on Earth– with Tom McKinnon, we talk about: the problems presented for local ownership of energy resources when federal incentives use the tax code, the trouble for clean energy when it’s reliant on Wall Street, how Boulder, CO, may accomplish something remarkable with its vote… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 51 Comments | Updated on Dec 14, 2011

Mapping Solar Grid Parity

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

Where does solar grid parity strike first?  How fast does it spread?  Click “animate” on the map below to see which major metropolitan areas can beat grid prices with local solar first, and how quickly unsubsidized solar could take over America’s major metropolitan areas.

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Dec 13, 2011

Solar Gets Cheaper, but Not Equally

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/solar-gets-cheaper-not-equally/

In January, I plotted the size of state solar markets against their average installed cost and found surprisingly little correlation.  When Lawrence Berkeley Labs put out their 2011 version of Tracking the Sun (IV), it was possible to update the chart, which I did in two stages. The first chart simply overlays the 2010 average… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | 1 Comment | Updated on Dec 13, 2011

Occupy Economics Departments

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

On November 2nd nearly 70 students walked out of an introductory economics class at Harvard in solidarity with the Occupy movement. The mainstream media largely ignored the protest.  That’s regrettable since the economics profession has provided the intellectual framework and justification for the inequality and centralization of corporate power the Occupiers are challenging. “You can… Continue reading