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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Oct 13, 2014

Correcting Community Fiber Fallacies: The Reality of Lafayette’s Gigabit Network

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

In just the last year the Lafayette Utility System (LUS) gigabit network has attracted 1300 high-tech jobs. Chairman Wheeler praises the network for doing what many communities hope to do, but cannot because of state laws limiting municipal broadband networks. Critics are desperate to discredit the network, using false statements and misinformation. The Reason Foundation released a paper by… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 13, 2014

A Timeline of State Energy Efficiency Standards

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/timeline-state-energy-efficiency-standards/

I couldn’t believe there wasn’t a nice graphic of the timeline of state energy efficiency standard adoption on the web anywhere (that I could find).  So I made one. Hat tip to Center for Climate and Energy Solutions for the template and to ACEEE for the data. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 10, 2014

Wheeler Praises Lafayette’s Network Deployment at NATOA Conference

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/wheeler-praises-lafayettes-network-deployment-natoa-conference

At the 2014 Annual Conference of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA), FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler praised Lafayette, Louisiana, home of muni LUS Fiber, during his keynote address.  Wheeler addressed a variety of issues, including wireless broadband, the drive to increase competition, and a thoughtful transition to IP based 911 service. While… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 10, 2014

Scotland and Catalonia: Fraternal but not Twins

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/scotland-catalonia-fraternal-twins/

Scotland and Catalonia are brothers in arms. Independence movement leaders communicate regularly.  On September 18, when Scotland voted on uncoupling from the United Kingdom Catalans were there.  When Catalonia votes on independence, a vote originally scheduled for November 9th but delayed pending a court decision, Scots will certainly be in attendance. Scotland and Catalonia have… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 9, 2014

Decorah Fiber Network Wins Civic Award

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/decorah-fiber-network-wins-civic-award

The town of Decorah, Iowa, population 8,000, lies along the winding banks of the Iowa River. So close to the river, in fact, that in 2008 its floodwaters swamped parts of the town, including the emergency operations center. That unfortunate event got city leaders thinking about how to ensure secure and redundant communications in future… Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States, Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 9, 2014

Walton Family Undermining Rooftop Solar, ILSR Report Finds

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

The Walton family — majority owners of Walmart — are impeding America’s transition to a clean energy future, a new study by ILSR finds. At a time when more than 500,000 households and businesses are generating their own solar electricity, and the U.S. solar industry is employing 143,000 people, the Waltons are funding nearly two dozen organizations working to roll back renewable energy policies, while a Walton-owned company is pushing for regulations aimed at hindering the growth of rooftop solar power. Continue reading

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

Next Century Cities Launch Webcast on October 20

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/next-century-cities-launch-webcast-october-20

Municipalities are increasingly realizing they need to take steps to ensure fast, affordable, reliable Internet access for local citizens. Some are doing the work themselves with publicly owned projects while others seek public-private partnerships. In order to capitalize on collaboration, a group of city leaders are now forming Next Century Cities. On October 20, 2014,… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Oct 8, 2014

Waste as a Boon for Economic Development with Neil Seldman – October 22nd

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/waste-boon-economic-development-neil-seldman-october-22nd/

How can we create jobs from our recycling program? What are other communities and regions doing to reduce waste while supporting economic development? What type of impact can community composting programs have on job creation? On October 22nd, from 10am-12 noon, the Town of DeWitt Sustainability Committee, the CNY Recycling Jobs Task Force, NYS Assemblyman… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 8, 2014

The Dalles Pays off Its Network Debt Ahead of Schedule

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/dalles-pays-its-network-debt-ahead-schedule

Of the more than 400 communities around the country that have built and benefitted from community networks, the town of The Dalles in Oregon may have a case for the title of “most bang for the buck.” Their commitment of $10,000 12 years ago to leverage a $1.8 million “QLife” fiber optic network has lead… Continue reading

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

Transcript: Rural Utilities Building Broadband Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/transcript-rural-utilities-building-broadband-networks

Thank to Jeff Hoel for providing the transcript for Episode 109 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast with Alyssa Clemsen-Roberts. Listen to this episode here. 00:16: [Teaser] Alyssa Clemsen-Roberts: They provide services that the market is not filling in their area, and they do it very well. 00:22: Lisa Gonzalez: Hey there. This is the… Continue reading