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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 20, 2014

Millions of People Investing in Solar – Episode 16 of Local Energy Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/millions-people-investing-solar-episode-16-local-energy-rules/

For years, the only effective way to go solar was to have tens of thousands of dollars and a sunny roof.  Investing in solar was nearly impossible.  But a couple years ago, a new notion called crowdfunding got its start, and California-Based Mosaic was on the forefront.  Its crowdfunding program allows people to pool their… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 19, 2014

FCC to Investigate Barriers to Community Networks

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

We are supportive of the announcement today from the Federal Communications Commission. We salute the FCC for beginning to examine how state level barriers against municipal networks deter investment in the networks both communities and the nation desperately need. From the statement: The Commission will look for opportunities to enhance Internet access competition. One obvious… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 19, 2014

Webcast: ILSR & Allies Respond to Walmart’s Environmental Claims

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/webcast-ilsr-responds-walmarts-environmental-claims/

When Walmart’s top executives organized a live broadcast event to present what they claimed was progress in greening the company’s operations, ILSR joined with leaders of OUR Walmart and Environmental Action to produce a live webcast response attended by hundreds of environmental activists. Click through to watch our 45-minute event. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 18, 2014

Westminster’s Fiber Project Drawing Business from New York City to Maryland

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/westminsters-fiber-project-drawing-business-new-york-city-maryland

Westminster’s FTTP pilot project continues to blossom. We recently heard from Dr. Robert Wack, one of the local leaders of the project. Engineering, the first phase, is almost completed with bids for construction soon to be solicited.  Even before any fiber is in the ground, Westminster is feeling the positive economic development effects from the… Continue reading

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

How Ammon, Idaho, Builds Digital Roads – Community Broadband Bits Episode 86

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/how-ammon-idaho-builds-digital-roads-community-broadband-bits-episode-86

Ammon, a town of 14,000 in southeast Idaho, has been incrementally building an open access, fiber optic network that has connected community anchor institutions and is starting to become available to local businesses. Ammon Technology Director Bruce Patterson joins us to explain how the community has moved forward with its model for improving Internet access…. Continue reading

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

Chattanooga’s Fiber Network Praised for Great Customer Service

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/chattanoogas-fiber-network-praised-great-customer-service

One of the main differentiator’s of community owned networks compared to the big cable and telephone companies is customer service. Being rooted in the community, vested in its success, and employing local residents just means better, more prompt service. A prominent Chattanoogan recently explained:  My last shout-out is to EPB Fiber Optics.  This is not… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 15, 2014

Susan Crawford on National Public Radio

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/susan-crawford-national-public-radio

“Unless somebody in the system has industrial policy in mind, a long-term picture of where the United States needs to be and has the political power to act on it, we’ll be a Third World country when it comes to communications.” Susan Crawford recently spoke with Dave Davies on NPR’s FreshAir. During the conversation Crawford… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 14, 2014

Vidalia’s Broadband Initiative Moves Forward as Free Wi-Fi Comes to Town

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/vidalias-broadband-initiative-moves-forward-free-wi-fi-comes-town

Vidalia’s plans to offer free Wi-Fi are becoming reality. The Natchez Democrat recently reported that the City launched its free Wi-Fi in its new municipal complex. Vidalia received a $30,000 grant from the Telecommunications Development Fund (TDF) Foundation to invest in a wireless network to cover the complex. Apparently, visitors to the complex were often surprised… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 13, 2014

In Fear of Comcast Warner Cable

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/fear-comcast-warner-cable

It is hard to say just how bad of an idea it is for us to allow Comcast to buy Time Warner Cable. This is not just about consumers having to pay more, which they do every time we allow massive consolidation, but about access to information. I can’t help but think back to our… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 13, 2014

National Rural Assembly Webinar: Expressions of Interest for Connect America Funds

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/national-rural-assembly-webinar-expressions-interest-connect-america-funds

On January 30, the FCC announced it will begin a process that makes Connect America funds available for pilot projects aimed at expanding broadband in rural areas. Details about the process are still forthcoming, but the FCC asks interested parties to submit “expressions of interest” by March 7th. In order to assist possible applicants, the… Continue reading