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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 10, 2013

Update on Baltimore’s Municipal Fiber Plan

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/update-baltimores-municipal-fiber-plan

Kevin Litten, of the Baltimore Business Journal has published a good discussion of why Baltimore is considering a public investment to expand the City’s fiber network. Councilman William H. Cole IV still bristles when he talks about the absence of FiOS in the city, a decision industry observers say has played out in other urban… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 8, 2013

Franklin County, Alabama, Task Force Investigates Internet Options

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/franklin-county-alabama-task-force-investigates-internet-options

In a reminder of just how poor telecommunications can be in this country, Franklin County in rural northwest Alabama has formed a Task Force to investigate how it can get something better than dialup. “The Internet has become an important as having electricity and water,” said Cole, an extension agent in Franklin County. “For our… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 8, 2013

Debating the Value of Solar – Pt. 2 of Minnesota’s Process

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/debating-solar-pt-2-minnesotas-process/

It was an unseasonably sunny day for part two of Minnesota’s value of solar stakeholder process: participation day. The leadoff was the Department of Commerce’s proposed approach to a value of solar methodology.  Shown below, it set some broad principles the Department intends to use in the value of solar formula it develops:    … Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 8, 2013

Jim Baller Returns for Vol 3 of Muni Network History – Community Broadband Bits Episode #67

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/jim-baller-returns-vol-3-muni-network-history-community-broadband-bits-episode-67

We are excited to continue our history series with Jim Baller of the Baller Herbst Law Firm. This is Jim’s third time on the program, having joined us for Episode 57 and Episode 63. We continue our discussion with a recap of the events of 2004, including Jim’s work with Lafayette to find a compromise… Continue reading

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 7, 2013

New Report: 8 Ways Local Energy Policies Can Boost the Economy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/report-8-ways-local-energy-policies-boost-economy/

Minneapolis, MN (October 7, 2013) – The economy has stalled and so has the war on climate change. But a new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance describes how dozens of cities are boosting their local economies while dramatically reducing greenhouse gases. City Power Play:  8 Practical Local Energy Policies to Boost the Economy… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 5 Comments | Updated on Oct 7, 2013

City Power Play: 8 Practical Local Energy Policies to Boost the Economy

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

placeholderThe economy has stalled and so has the war on climate change. But dozens of cities are creating jobs and cleaner energy using their own power.

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Keeping Energy Dollars Local

  • Chattanooga, TN, is adding over $1 billion to its local economy in the next decade by implementing one of the most advanced smart grids and delivering the fastest internet service in the country with its municipal utility.
  • Sonoma County, CA, has created nearly 800 local jobs retrofitting over 2,000 properties for energy savings with city-based financing.
  • Babylon, NY, has re-purposed a solid waste fund to finance retrofits for 2% of the city’s homes, saving residents an average of $1,300 a year on their energy bills at minimal cost to the city.

Eight Powerful, Practical Policies

This report details eight practical energy policies cities can and have used to their economic advantage: Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 7, 2013

12 Slides for 8 Practical Local Energy Policies to Boost the Economy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/12-slides-8-practical-local-energy-policies-boost-economy/

A vividly visual summary of our newest report, City Power Play: 8 Practical Local Energy Policies to Boost the Economy, this presentation covers eight powerful policies and practices that cities have employed to reduce energy use, save money, and create local jobs, all without waiting for someone else to act. It provides short case studies… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 7, 2013

AT&T Fails Big in Dallas, Makes Big Claims for Austin

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/att-fails-big-dallas-makes-big-claims-austin

Even though I regularly read examples of terrible customer service from the massive corporations like AT&T, Time Warner Cable, CenturyLink, and more, I apparently retain the capacity to be surprised as how bad they are. The Dallas Morning News recently ran this piece: “AT&T Never Misses An Opportunity to Miss An Opportunity.” In a neighborhood… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Oct 7, 2013

Who’s Your Energy Daddy?

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

This panel asks ‘who’s your energy daddy?’ and for now it remains large, investor-owned utilities, and ostensibly locally-focused rural cooperatives and municipal utilities. But the energy landscape of today gives me uncomfortable reminders of the Athenian tragedy by Sophocles - the Oedipus tale. John Farrell, ILSR’s Director of Democratic Energy, gave this panel presentation at the 23rd… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 5, 2013

Let The Red States Vote on Health Care

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

In 2009, when Congress passed the health care bill, only one Republican voted in favor.  In 2010, with opposition to the new health care law as their rallying cry, Republicans gained a net 63 seats and control of the House of Representatives.  They also won control of 11 additional states, bringing their total to 25…. Continue reading