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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

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/comcast-named-worst-company-america-gets-yummy-cake

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

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/deep-dive-solar-future-solar-energy-episode-22-local-energy-rules/

“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

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/2014-mountain-connect-rural-broadband-conference-visit-colorado-june-8-10

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

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on May 12, 2014

Fun 30 Minute Mockumentary on Open Internet and Its Enemies

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/fun-30-minute-mockumentary-open-internet-and-its-enemies

Just a reminder for those who have not seen it yet… it is fun and was just awarded a webby! Video:  Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on May 12, 2014

Network Neutrality Update

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

The FCC is hearing the massive public outcry over its plan that would allow the big cable and telephone companies to create fast and slow lanes on the wires most of us depend on to access the Internet. Chairman Wheeler has made some bold claims that he would not allow commercially unreasonable deals but many… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 12, 2014

Next City Interviews Christopher on Municipal Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/next-city-interviews-christopher-municipal-networks

Nancy Scola, a reporter with Next City, wanted to know about municipal networks. Naturally, she turned to our own Chris Mitchell. Nancy and Chris discussed some of the most pressing issues swirling around municipal broadband. Nancy begins: At the moment more eyes than usual are focused on high-speed Internet’s uncertain future in the United States… Continue reading

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

Tim Danahey and Chris Mitchell Talk Muni’s

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/tim-danahey-and-chris-mitchell-talk-munis

Tim Danahey recently brought Chris Mitchell on his show to talk about municipal networks and their role in preserving network neutrality. Tim is a fan of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and our work. Tim is a great interviewer because he is up on the issue and politically savvy. From the show website: If President… Continue reading

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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on May 9, 2014

Walmart is the Last Place Obama Should be Making a Clean Energy Speech

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/walmart-place-obama-making-clean-energy-speech/

A recent study has documented, for the first time, how the big-box retailing revolution led by Walmart and other big chains has dramatically increased the amount of energy we’re using to schlep consumer goods across the country and into our homes. Continue reading

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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