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Aerated Static Pile (Uncovered)
Featured Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Apr 30, 2014

Webinar: The Power of Community Composting

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

To kick off International Compost Awareness Week, ILSR and Highfields Center for Composting held a “The Power of Community Composting” webinar on May 5th at 4 pm. Brenda Platt, ILSR Co-Director and Director of the Composting Makes $en$e project, presented. More information see here Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 30, 2014

Michael Powell said What?? Why Everyone Should Ignore the Cable Lobby

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/michael-powell-said-what-why-everyone-should-ignore-cable-lobby

Stop and think for a second. Would you regard the electricity grid and water system as an abysmal failure or success? If you are lobbying for cable companies in DC, you apparently think they are monumental failures. Michael Powell, former Chairman of the FCC must be dizzy after his trip through the revolving door on… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 29, 2014

MAG-Net Hosts Community Networks Discussion With Christopher

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/mag-net-hosts-community-networks-discussion-christopher

The Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net) recently hosted a Community Cohort Call titled Tech In The City: A Conversation About Community Broadband Access. Chris Mitchell, Andrea Figueroa Martinez, John St. Julien from Lafayette, and other community broadband advocates discuss the current state of U.S. broadband infrastructure. Chris offers perspective on monopolistic behavior from current mega… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 29, 2014

Peering: Then and Now on Community Broadband Bits Podcast #96

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/peering-then-and-now-community-broadband-bits-podcast-96

This week we are welcoming Scott Bradner, a long time doer, writer, and thinker on Internet matters. Thanks to a listener request, we had already recorded an interview last week discussing peering before the news broke that the FCC would be allowing paid prioritization peering arrangements, which many have said represents the end of network… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 28, 2014

No Scale Advantage in Netflix Speed Ranking

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/no-scale-advantage-netflix-speed-ranking

Netflix has continued to publish monthly rankings of ISPs average speed in delivering Netflix video content to subscribers. Though they first published data about the largest, national ISPs like Comcast, AT&T, and the link, they have an expanded list with many more ISPs. I recognize two municipal networks on the expanded list of 60 ISPs…. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Apr 28, 2014

To Save the Internet We Need To Own The Means Of Distribution

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/save-internet-means-distribution-2/

With the announcement by the FCC that cable and telephone companies will be allowed to prioritize access to their customers only one option remains that can guarantee an open internet:  owning the means of distribution. Thankfully an agency exists for this. Local government.  Owning the means of distribution is a traditional function of local government…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 26, 2014

CenturyLink Seeks Apartment Buildings for Gigabit in Portland

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/centurylink-seeks-apartment-buildings-gigabit-portland

In the wake of Google’s announcement that Portland could be one of the next communities for the Google Fiber network, CenturyLink is circulating an offer to select apartment buildings to apply for CenturyLink fiber. This appears to be more than the standard fiber-to-the-press-release responses we often see from the big telephone companies that prefer to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 25, 2014

Charlotte Media Eyes Salisbury’s Fibrant

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/charlotte-media-eyes-salisburys-fibrant

WSOC TV in Charlotte recently looked at Salisbury’s four-year-old Fibrant network. Reporter Tenikka Smith investigated what a municipal network could do for Charlotte. Charlotte is also one of the communities working with Google in hopes of having it expand to them. That interest has led AT&T to consider updating its comparatively pathetic DSL services as well. Smith… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 25, 2014

A Trojan Carrot

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

Walmart already controls more than 25 percent of the U.S. grocery market. With its latest organic scheme, it’s aiming to control even more. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 24, 2014

Paid Prioritization Threat Reinforces Value of Community Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/paid-prioritization-threat-reinforces-value/

Recent reports out of the FCC say that it will allow ISPs to create and sell “fast lanes” of Internet access to the companies with sufficiently deep pockets to afford them. While some people argue over whether this violates network neutrality principles or not, the more important point is that most communities have no control over how… Continue reading