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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 21, 2014

Governing Looks at What the Comcast – Time Warner Cable Merger Could Do to Munis

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/governing-looks-what-comcast-time-warner-cable-merger-could-do-munis

The debate surrounding the proposed Comcast Time Warner Cable merger continues. The Department of Justice and the FCC ruminate over the deal while the media speculates about the future. Governing recently published an article on potential side effects for the municipal network movement. Tod Newcombe reached out to Chris for expert opinion. From Governing: Partially… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on May 21, 2014

Chris Mitchell to Speak at “Localism Over Consolidation: An Exploration of Public Broadband Options”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/chris-mitchell-speak-localism-consolidation-exploration-public-broadband-options/

New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute will host “Localism Over Consolidation: An Exploration of Public Broadband Options” from 9:30-11:30 am on May 28th. Chris will be participating in the discussion; if you can’t make it to DC, the event will be live-streamed. The conversation will focus on different approaches to improve connectivity and community strategies… Continue reading

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Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on May 20, 2014

Working Partner Update: Community Environmental Services, Portland State University

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/working-partner-update-community-environmental-services-portland-state-university/

The movement for zero waste in the U.S. has literally exploded in the last few years in both theory and practice. Scores of communities have resolved to start on the pathway to zero whose short definition is the reduction of waste generated by 90% or more. Many have taken firm steps to achieve this goal… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on May 20, 2014

Catching Up with the RS Fiber Coop in Minnesota – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #99

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/catching-rs-fiber-coop-minnesota-community-broadband-bits-podcast-99

In the nearly two years since we launched this podcast with an interview from Minnesota’s rural Sibley County, the project has evolved significantly but the need for better Internet access remains a constant. Today, we interview Coop Vice-Chair Cindy Gerholz and Winthrop Town Manager Mark Erickson to get an update on the fiber-to-the-farm project. The… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | 1 Comment | Updated on May 19, 2014

Westminster Budgets for Open Access Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/westminster-budgets-for-open-access-fiber-network/

On Monday, May 12, Westminster moved another step closer to deploying its open access citywide fiber network in Maryland. The Common Council approved a FY15 budget that includes $6.3 million for an FTTH network. The Carroll County Times reported that the $64.8 million budget was adopted 5-1. The opposing Council Member voted no on a different issue. Last summer, the community… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on May 19, 2014

Midwest Solar Market: Hot or Not?

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

Is solar ready to boom in the Midwest, or does poor policy still stand in the way? This presentation by Institute for Local Self-Reliance Director of Democratic Energy John Farrell to the Midwest Solar Expo on May 16, 2014, explores the potential, the economics, and the policy needed to help solar power the Midwest. Download… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 17, 2014

Comcast Named the Worst Company in America, Gets Yummy Cake

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Not everyone hates Comcast. Antennas Direct.com, helping cable TV customers cut the cord, recently surprised the corporate behemoth with a congratulatory confection. To our delight, they shared some moments from the experience. The Consumerist recently named Comcast the 2014 Worst Company in America. Based on customer comments in the video, clearly Comcast deserves this prestigious… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on May 15, 2014

A Deep Dive on Value of Solar and the Future of Solar Energy – Episode 22 of Local Energy Rules

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“Utility regulation and rates is a contact sport,” says Karl Rabago, and that makes the implementation of a new “value of solar” policy complex. Will distributed solar grow better with a transparent, value-based contract price? How does it differ from net metering? Is Minnesota’s law a precedent to follow? Prepare yourself for a deep dive… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 13, 2014

2014 Mountain Connect Rural Broadband Conference: Visit Colorado June 8 – 10

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If you can make it to Vail in early June, you can enjoy more than the summer mountains. The Mountain Connect Rural Broadband Conference is scheduled for June 8, 9, and 10 at the Vail Cascade Resort and Spa. From the conference website: This year our conference theme is “Progress through Education” and it’s our… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on May 13, 2014

Rural Colorado’s Cortez Fiber Network Serves Region – Community Broadband Bits Podcast Episode #98

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/rural-colorados-cortez-fiber-network-serves-region-community-broadband-bits-podcast-episode

Located in rural southwest Colorado, Cortez is just 20 miles from the famous four corners of the US southwest. When incumbents were either unwilling or unable to provide modern services in the region, Cortez stepped up with a plan. This week, Cortez General Services Director Rick Smith joins us to share how they incrementally built… Continue reading