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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 11, 2014

Gothenburg Considering FTTH in Nebraska, Survey Responses Needed

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/gothenburg-considering-ftth-nebraska-survey-responses-needed

As the “Pony Express Capital of Nebraska,” Gothenburg understands the value of speed. City leaders are now investigating the possibility of bringing a FTTH network to the community. Initiative leaders are asking the town’s 3,500 residents to complete a broadband survey before April 15th. According to a recent article in the Gothenburg Times, local schools will soon… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 10, 2014

Network Progressing in “Sugartown” Michigan

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/network-progressing-sugartown-michigan

Last summer we reported on Sebewaing, the community of 1,700 in the tip of the “thumb” in Michigan. At the time, Sebewaing Light and Water (SLW) was exploring the possibilities of deploying its own FTTH network. Like other small communities, Sebewaing could not get the service it needed from large corporate providers. We recently caught… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 10, 2014

How Democratic Energy Fits the Rural Electric Philosophy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/democratic-energy-fits-rural-electric-philosophy/

The following presentation was given by ILSR’s Director of Democratic Energy John Farrell at the Electrons on the Run mini-conference in Alexandria, MN, on March 12, 2014.  The presentation illustrates how distributed renewable energy in the 21st century fits the rural electric utility philosophy of self-reliance and local economic development, just as providing local electricity… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 10 Comments | Updated on Apr 9, 2014

An Enormous Question for ‘Solar Choice’

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

Two weeks ago, Minnesota’s Public Utilities Commission ratified the first-ever statewide policy for setting a fair and transparent price on solar energy. This week, a coalition of companies that provide leasing contracts for solar to home and business customers declared war on this “value of solar” policy, and pretty much every financial model for compensating… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 9, 2014

Consumerist Sounds Off on Internet Essentials and Comcast’s Hidden Agenda

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/consumerist-sounds-internet-essentials-and-comcasts-hidden-agenda

In a Consumerist article, Kate Cox takes a look at who is benefitting the most from Comcast’s Internet Essentials program and – guess what – it is Comcast. The program has brought Internet access to a number of people who may not otherwise have been able to get online and that’s a good thing. According… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 14 Comments | Updated on Apr 9, 2014

Minnesota’s Value of Solar

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

In March 2014, Minnesota became the first state to adopt a “value of solar” policy. It may fundamentally change the financial relationship between electric utilities and their energy-producing customers. It may also serve as a precedent for setting a transparent, market-based price for solar energy. This report explains the origins of value of solar, the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 8, 2014

Benefits of Increased Broadband Utilization – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #93

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/benefits-increased-broadband-utilization-community-broadband-bits-podcast-93

While in Iowa for the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities telecom conference, I had a chance to interview Michael Curri, the Founder and President of Strategic Networks Group – SNG. He and I have long had great discussions at events around the country and I attempted to recreate some of the key points in this… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 8, 2014

ConnectArlington to Offer Dark Fiber Services to Local Businesses in Virginia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/connectarlington-offer-dark-fiber-services-local-businesses-virginia

We last reported on Arlington County, Virginia, in the summer of 2012 when they were into phase II of their publicly owned fiber network deployment. At the time, the community planned to use the dark fiber network for public schools, traffic management, and public safety. That plan will now include local businesses. ARLnow reports that… Continue reading

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Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Apr 7, 2014

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Getting Interesting

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/extended-producer-responsibility-epr-interesting/

The discussions on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) are getting interesting. While there is little controversy over EPR for hazardous items which have no economic value and pose threats to public health and the environment, there is grave concern about EPR for materials that have robust markets, paper, plastic, organic, metal and glass materials. Advocates of… Continue reading

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

City of Urbana Passes Resolution Supporting FCC Section 706 Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/city-urbana-passes-resolution-supporting-fcc-section-706-authority

The Illinois community of Urbana, home of UC2B, recently passed a resolution in favor of FCC’s section 706 authority. The community’s fiber project is bridging the digital divide in this community of 41,000. On March 17, the City Council voted unanimously to support the FCC as it considers action to discourage, prevent, and remove state… Continue reading