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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 27, 2014

An Increasing Call for Community Owned Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/increasing-call-community-owned-networks

While Comcast focuses on increasing its market power rather than improving services in the communities it monopolizes, no one should be surprised that we are seeing a surge in interest for building community owned networks. We’ve heard from many people who want to learn how they can start – more than we can always respond… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 26, 2014

Barry Lynn Talks Monopolies on the Community Broadband Bits Podcast

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

In Episode #83 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast, we bring you Barry Lynn to talk about the direct and indirect threats that make market consolidation dangerous. There are many threats from monopolies and many are much more dangerous to a free society than higher prices. Lynn is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation and… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 26, 2014

Save the White Spaces! From Public Knowledge

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/save-white-spaces-public-knowledge

The FCC is now contemplating how much newly freed spectrum to retain for public use and how much to auction off to private companies for their exclusive use. Public Knowledge is leading the effort to ensure we retain enough shared spectrum to unleash more innovation and public benefits rather than simply padding the profits of… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 25, 2014

Processes for a Gigabit Community: Community Broadband Bits Episode 87

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/processes-gigabit-community-community-broadband-bits-episode-87

More communities are today considering how they can improve Internet access in their community than at any other time. Having a gigabit is quickly becoming the standard – not because we all need 1,000 Mbps but because we know that everything we want to do is possible on a gigabit connection. Video games aren’t going… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by John Bailey | No Comments | Updated on Feb 24, 2014

Zero Waste Symposium – Comments By Neil Seldman

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/waste-symposium-comments-neil-seldman/

Comments (edited version) by Neil Seldman at the Zero Waste Symposium – held February 4, 2014 Sponsored by Zero Waste San Diego and the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) February 4, 2014 Thank you very much, Rick. It’s always a pleasure to come back to California – certainly San Diego. Many of you know that… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 24, 2014

KKFI in Kansas City Interview Mitchell and Todd O’Boyle on Kansas Legislation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/kkfi-kansas-city-interview-mitchell-and-todd-oboyle-kansas-legislation

On February 13, KKFI Community Radio from Kansas City, Missouri, interviewed ILSR’s Chris Mitchell and Todd O’Boyle from Common Cause. Tom Klammer, host of the “Tell Somebody” show covered Kansas legislation SB 304 aimed at preventing municipalities from investing in their own broadband networks. Chris and Todd co-authored our 2013 case study, The Empire Lobbies Back: How… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 24, 2014

OpenCape: Local Ideas to Maximize Fiber Infrastructure

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/opencape-local-ideas-maximize-fiber-infrastructure

The OpenCape Network launched about eight months ago to bring better middle mile connectivity to Cape Cod. Reporter Sean Gonsalves explored other possibilities for the 350-mile infrastructure in a recent Cape Cod Online article. Gonsalves spoke with OpenCape CEO Dan Vorthems. The network was funded with $32 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 24, 2014

John Farrell Talks Energy Decentralization on Thom Hartmann’s Big Picture

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/john-farrell-talks-energy-decentralization-thom-hartmanns-big-picture/

What is energy decentralization, who’s doing it, and why does it matter? John Farrell, Director of Democratic Energy, answers these questions in an interview segment with Thom Hartmann on his Big Picture program on February 18, 2014. Skip to 30:06 to see John’s interview.   Continue reading

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

Montrose Asks Voters to Take Back Authority to Establish A Telecommunications Utility

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/montrose-asks-voters-take-back-authority-establish-telecommunications-utility

Colorado communities continue to seek to restore local authority for telecommunications. In April’s election, elected officials of Montrose will ask voters to approve a measure that gives the municipality the right to establish a telecommunications utility. Centennial, a Denver suburb, approved a ballot initiative last fall to use city fiber resources as a way to… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Feb 20, 2014

When It Comes to Public Services, Government Knows Best

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

Minneapolis will soon vote to shift nearly 180 privately owned bus shelters to public ownership following numerous complaints about the lack of maintenance and upkeep.  When it does it will join the burgeoning ranks of cities who have discovered that when it comes to public services government knows best. In the post-Ronald Reagan era Americans… Continue reading