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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 18, 2013

Coin-Operated Hypocrisy In Action: A Case Study in Monticello

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/coin-operated-hypocrisy-action-case-study-monticello

Rant Warning… Every state has at least one organization, often calling itself a think tank, that is funded by large corporations to advance their narrow interests, often at the expense of local businesses and the larger public. Many call these “coin operated” think tanks because they take whatever positions their funders want them to take…. Continue reading

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jul 18, 2013

VICTORY! Arizona Court Overturns Renewable Energy Credits for Incinerators

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

For the first time a court of law has disqualified trash burning as a non-renewable energy source. The Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter in Arizona has been victorious in its challenge to the Arizona Corporation Commission’s ruling that trash burning could qualify for renewable energy credits. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 18, 2013

In California, Tough Economic Times Led Shafter To Adjust Network Plan

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/california-tough-economic-times-led-shafter-adjust-network-plan

In the 1990s, the community of Shafter, California, began developing its strategic plan; the move would eventually lead them to build a municipal broadband network. The town of 17,000 still depended primarily on agriculture but manufacturers were relocating to the community, drawn by its proximity to the railroad and its open space. Potential employers increasingly… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 17, 2013

FCC Prioritizes Incumbent Protection in Data Collection Order

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/fcc-prioritizes-incumbent-protection-data-collection-order

Patrick Lucey of the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation, posted this excellent story around the time we published our rant about the FCC’s cave-in to industry pressure for no good reason. We liked it so much, we asked to repost it. In late June the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an order reforming the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 17, 2013

Opelika, Alabama On the Verge of Municipal FTTH

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/opelika-alabama-verge-municipal-ftth

We last checked in with Opelika, Alabama, as they began testing their FTTH network in a pilot project. The community previously overcame Charter Cable’s campaign of lies and passed a referendum. Voters approved the plan for a $41 million fiber optic communications and smart grid network. The community has been constructing the network, expanding testing,… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 16, 2013

Lessons from Minnesota – a Solar Success (Presentation)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/lessons-minnesota-solar-success-presentation/

This presentation by Director of Democratic Energy John Farrell shows the politics, process, and policy that led to Minnesota becoming the 17th state with a solar or distributed renewable energy standard in 2013.  Delivered to a webinar audience of Oregonians for Renewable Energy Progress (OREP) on July 16, 2013, it explains the new solar standard,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 16, 2013

Responding to More “Crazy Talk” – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #55

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/responding-more-crazy-talk-community-broadband-bits-podcast-55

Following up on our first “Responding to Crazy Talk” episode last month, we decided to publish a second edition this week. Again, Lisa Gonzalez and I respond to real arguments made by those who oppose community owned Internet networks. Today, we used three arguments from a debate in 2011 that included myself, Jim Baller, Jeff… Continue reading

Two Kinds of Solar Parity
Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 6 Comments | Updated on Jul 15, 2013

Is Solar Cheaper Than Grid Electricity? Yes. And No.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/solar-cheaper-grid-electricity-yes-no/

The word “parity” is to the solar advocate as the word “abracadabra” is to the magician.  Through it, all things are possible.  But there’s really two kinds of solar parity with electricity prices, and the difference is significant. Take this article from Renewable Energy World last month.  It claims that solar installations in New Mexico… Continue reading

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

Verizon Caught Forcing Customers to Take Voice Link Service Across New York

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/verizon-caught-forcing-customers-take-voice-link-service-across-new-york

The war over keeping copper alive rages on in New York with more stealthy antics from Verizon. Stop the Cap! now reports that, rather than wait for a hurricane to take out the copper lines in the Catskills, it will quietly shift seasonal home owners to VoiceLink as they request reconnection. Stop the Cap! also… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 12, 2013

FCC Decides Not to Collect Key Data For No Good Reason

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/fcc-decides-not-collect-key-data-no-good-reason

The FCC does not have a good sense of what is happening outside DC in terms of broadband availability and data. This has been a conscious choice – it has refused calls (even those made by the FCC itself) to collect useful data that would lead to data-driven policies to encourage the investment we need…. Continue reading