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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 16, 2013

Mexican Village Takes Control With Community Cellular Service

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/mexican-village-takes-control-community-cellular-service

“In Mexico we have a saying: ‘don’t ask to be breastfed!’” laughs local radio presenter, Keyla Ramirez. “We have the satisfaction of no longer having to ask them: ‘Please, come and install a service for which we’re going to pay you’.” One Mexican community is exercising its self-reliance muscle to create its own cell phone… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 15, 2013

Los Angeles Wants Better Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/los-angeles-wants-better-networks

The City of Los Angeles has announced a confusing intention to release an RFP for a vendor to install a gigabit fiber network. A recent Government Technology article touches on the broad plan to build a massive fiber and wireless network to every public and private premise.  GovTech spoke with Steve Reneker, general manager of… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 14, 2013

HB 286 Refined for New Hampshire Legislature

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/hb-286-refined-new-hampshire-legislature

We caught up with Carole Monroe from New Hampshire FastRoads to get an update on what is happening in the legislature this sesssion. We reported last spring on HB 286, intended to allow local communities more decision making power. The bill did not advance last session, but new language may breath new hope into the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 13, 2013

Bristol Virginia Utilities to Offer Home Management Services

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/bristol-virginia-utilities-offer-home-management-services

BVU in Bristol is now offering Quantum Home, a security and home management system that uses the community’s publicly owned fiber network. The system allows home owners to also manage lights, temperature, and appliances from anywhere using a computer, tablet, or smartphone. For a quick video demo, check out the BVU website. Installation costs range… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 13, 2013

Washington Post Covers Big Longmont Referendum Victory

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/washington-post-covers-big-longmont-referendum-victory

Last week, we were excited by the results of Longmont’s referendum, but we sure weren’t alone. The Washington Post’s Brian Fung wrote, “Big Cable may have felled Seattle’s mayor, but it couldn’t stop this Colo. project.”  Our regular readers know that Comcast succeeded in defeating the Longmont measure in 2009 but the electoral would not be… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Nov 13, 2013

New Report Reveals Walmart’s Climate Impact

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

Today, ILSR issued a report on Walmart’s rapidly expanding climate pollution and joined with leading environmental organizations in calling for change. The new report, Walmart’s Assault on the Climate: The Truth Behind One of the Biggest Climate Polluters and Slickest Greenwashers in America, finds: Nearly a decade after launching its sustainability campaign, Walmart’s greenhouse gas… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Nov 12, 2013

Responding to “Crazy Talk” Volume 4 – Community Broadband Bits Episode #72

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/responding-crazy-talk-volume-4-community-broadband-bits-episode-72

We are back with the fourth volume of our responding to “Crazy Talk” theme on the Community Broadband Bits podcast. The source of this week’s crazy talk is a public relations executive for Time Warner Cable, following an interview I did on WUNC in North Carolina. Lisa Gonzalez, myself, and our colleague John Farrell react… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Nov 11, 2013

Improvements Needed to Xcel’s Proposed MN Community Solar Program

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/improvements-needed-xcels-proposed-mn-community-solar-program/

Xcel Energy has published their proposed community solar program on Sept. 30, 2013 and ILSR submitted comments on the unlawfully capped and fee-crazy program last week. Comments below Public Comments on Community Solar (Docket E-002/M-13-867) Program Design Requirements Does Xcel’s proposed plan for operating a community solar garden (CSG) meet all the program design requirements,… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Nov 11, 2013

Campus Power: Tapping Local Energy Toward a Sustainable Future

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/campus-power-tapping-local-energy-sustainable-future/

I gave a presentation at the 5th Annual Conference of the Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability on Nov. 8, 2013, talking about the challenges to sustainability and the opportunity presented by a transformation to distributed renewable energy in the utility sector. My remarks follow.  Scroll to the bottom to flip through the slide presentation…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 10, 2013

New Free Press Infographic: Stop the Corporate Cyclops From Gobbling Up Local Media

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/new-free-press-infographic-stop-corporate-cyclops-gobbling-local-media

When we think of the enormous cyclops we don’t usually imagine him in a suit and tie but the Free Press does and it works. In their recent Media Giants infographic, the Free Press uses the hulking one-eyed beast to represent corporate behemoths slowly taking control of our media through smaller shell companies. As media… Continue reading