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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 22, 2014

Defender of Big Telecom Admits Copper Can’t Compete

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/defender-big-telecom-admits-copper-cant-compete

The incomparable Diane Rehm show on WAMU recently tackled the network neutrality ruling [listen to it there]. Guests included Cecilia Kang, Susan Crawford, and Jeffrey Eisenach from the American Enterprise Institute, a think tank famous for promoting what is best for massive, politically influencial firms. Jeff and I both took part in a debate about… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jan 21, 2014

Republican Rhetoric Changes Depending On Whether They Are Dealing With Labor Or Capital

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/republican-rhetoric-depending-dealing-labor-capital/

Are Republicans inconsistent when they sometimes support using offsets and indexing and sometimes don’t?  Not at all.  They’re actually very consistent.  When capital comes asking for gifts Republicans act like Santa Claus.  When labor is the supplicant they conduct themselves more like Scrooge. Consider the Republicans’ different approach to the estate tax, the minimum wage,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 21, 2014

Over the Top Video: A Peak or a Path Forward?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/over-top-video-peak-or-path-forward

About six months ago, I was quite bullish on advances in over-the-top (OTT) video making it easier for communities to build fiber networks because they would no longer have to deal with the challenges of securing and delivering traditional cable television channels. I explored these challenges in a recent post. OTT video includes Hulu, Netflix,… Continue reading

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

Building Community Broadband Access Policy Brief

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/building-community-broadband-access-policy-brief/

ILSR and the Center for Popular Democracy now offer the Building Community Access Policy Brief. We teamed up with CPD to bring you a fact sheet that succinctly describes our country’s problem with unequal access to broadband. The fact sheet also offers basic solutions that can facilitate development of publicly owned networks. In addition to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jan 21, 2014

Rooftop Revolution – Appendix

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

This wraps up the serialized edition of our residential Rooftop Revolution report.  Read the whole report in short segments below, or download the report and other resources. Part 1 – The Coming Solar Electricity Transformation Part 2 – Solar Costs and Grid Prices On a Collision Course Part 3 – The Solar Opportunity Part 4… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 21, 2014

Meet Russellville, Kentucky’s Broadband Speed Leader – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #82

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/meet-russellville-kentuckys-broadband-speed-leader-community-broadband-bits-podcast-82

The municipal electric utility in [no-glossary]Russellville[/no-glossary] has launched Kentucky’s first citywide gigabit service on its FTTH network. Russellville Electric Plant Board General Manager Robert White joins us to share their motivations for building a fiber network. The utility had originally offered some telecommunications services over a wireless system but recognized the need for a more… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 21, 2014

New Help for Cities Auditing Private Trash and Recycling Contractors

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/cities-auditing-private-trash-recycling-contractors/

ILSR and Sustainable Environmental Management Company (SEMCO) have joined to make state-of-the-art analytical tools available to city and county agencies overseeing solid waste and recycling programs. ILSR president Neil Seldman, and SEMCO president Jon Michael Huls will direct this new outreach effort. Seldman and Huls have been working partners for over 30 years in the field of resource management. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 18, 2014

Danger of “Sponsored Data” via AT&T, Others

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/danger-sponsored-data-att-others

AT&T has announced a program that has put many of us on edge – “Sponsored Data.” As an example, I may have a 500 MB cap on my monthly AT&T plan, but Facebook could pay AT&T so that its content does not count against my cap. Both Free Press and Public Knowledge have taken strong… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 17, 2014

ILSR Receives Community Broadband Advocacy Award

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/ilsr-receives-community-broadband-advocacy-award

The Southeast Assocation of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors has announced Christopher Mitchell will receive its 2014 Community Broadband Advocacy Award at its upcoming conference on March 24 and 25 in Raleigh, North Carolina. I am honored to receive this recognition alongside Jim Baller and the Georgia Municipal Association, with whom I have worked on several… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 16, 2014

Circuit Court to FCC: You Can Restore Local Authority to Build Community Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/circuit-court-to-fcc-restore-local-authority/

This article originally ran January 15 on MuniNetworks.org, our site dedicated to broadband and community networks. Our analysis zeros in on the Court’s take on local authority, an issue near and dear to our mission at ILSR.  As we noted yesterday, the DC Circuit of Appeals has decided that the FCC does not have authority to implement… Continue reading