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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 20, 2013

Spanish Fork Discusses Stunning Success – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #60

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/spanish-fork-discusses-stunning-success-community-broadband-bits-podcast-60

The Spanish Fork Community Fiber Network (SFCN) is an incredibly successful HFC cable network in Utah. It delivers television, telephone, and Internet access at incredibly low rates to most of the community despite competition from Comcast. Located south of Provo, Spanish Fork has a population of 35,000. Director of Information Systems and SFCN Director John… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 19, 2013

Television Consumer Freedom Act Promises More Choices

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/television-consumer-freedom-act-promises-more-choices

On August 14th, Christopher Mitchell and I visited Senator Amy Kobuchar’s office in Minneapolis. We arranged the meeting in coordination with Free Press and the Media Action Grassroots Network to talk with our Senator about the Television Consumer Freedom Act, also known as S.912. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) are sponsoring this effort… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 16, 2013

Book Review: Garbology – Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/book-review-garbology-dirty-love-affair-trash/

ILSR president, Neil Seldman, reviews a recent book by Pulitzer Prize-wining writer, Edward Humes, titled “Garbology.” Humes wisely observes, recycling is America’s last line of defense against waste, when it should be the last. His book contains an excellent concise history of how the US became addicted to garbage and the socioeconomic and environmental dilemmas of today. It also introduces us to extraordinary individual activists and entrepreneurs attempting to solve problems, and provides useful summary charts and tables to further inform readers. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 16, 2013

Stop the Presses: Washington Discovers Mergers Reduce Competition, Increase Prices

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/stop-presses-washington-discovers-mergers-reduce-competition-increase-prices/

In 1985 the United States was home to 24 airlines.  Today there are 7.  The Justice Departments under Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush II and Obama welcomed all mergers. Then in August 2013 the antitrust division of the Justice Department suddenly discovered why there is an antitrust division. According to the New York Times, “But… Continue reading

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

Baltimore Once Again Considering Publicly Owned Options

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/baltimore-once-again-considering-publicly-owned-options

Back in 2010, we reported on the City of Baltimore and its frustration with Comcast and desire to have a real choice for Internet access. Nothing came of the idea at the time but the Baltimore Business Journal reports that Baltimore is once again considering the possibility of a publicly owned network. The Board of… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 15, 2013

“We Can Never Make Enough Money” CEO Tells Ever-Poorer Workers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/we-money-ceo-ever-poorer-workers/

“Caterpillar has pioneered a two-tier wage system in which workers hired after a certain date are consigned to a significantly lower wage scale than others and it recently pressed its longer-term employees into accepting a six year wage freeze.  Many Caterpillar workers ask why the company insisted on a pay freezer when it reported repeated… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 15, 2013

The Tea Party vs. the Public Library

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

In September 2012 the Library Board of Pulaski County raised property taxes $1 per year for a typical homeowner to maintain the existing level of services in its five libraries. Voters were not given the opportunity to reject the increase; in 2006 however, they were and resoundingly approved a much larger increase to finance a… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 15, 2013

Community Network Services (CNS) Brings STEM Education and More to Rural Southwest Georgia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-network-services-cns-brings-stem-education-and-more-rural-southwest-georgia

“With agriculture being the number one industry in the state, we are looking to inspire students to learn globally and live and produce locally. Agriculture and STEM education are a natural fit. With GPS-guided equipment and variable-rate irrigation and fertilizer applicators to better manage natural resources, education is key.” These are the words of Beau… Continue reading

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

Xmission Increases Speeds for Free in the Land of UTOPIA

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/xmission-increases-speeds-free-land-utopia

Customers subscribing to Xmission via UTOPIA just received a free upgrade. Subscribers to the 50 Mbps service are now receiving 100 Mbps at no extra charge. The Free UTOPIA blog ran the announcement along with this tip: One thing to note is that if you aren’t seeing those speeds, you may need to upgrade your… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 13, 2013

Glasgow EPB Helps Community Hospital Expand

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/glasgow-epb-helps-community-hospital-expand

When a local hospital saw an opportunity to deliver services from an abandoned big box store, the community broadband network sealed the deal with connectivity both advanced and affordable. That store had been an anchor for nearby businesses; allowing it to remain empty put them at risk. In 2011, officials from T.J. Samson Community Hospital… Continue reading