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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 29, 2013

Fake Amazon Reviews on Crawford Book

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/fake-amazon-reviews-crawford-book

Susan Crawford began rattling cages some time ago in telecom sects, but now big corporate providers are enlisting mercenaries in an online astroturf campaign. They are targeting her most recent book, Captive Audience, with fake Amazon reviews.  Mike Masnick, who describes himself as “the curious sort,” wrote an article for Tech Dirt describing the results when… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 29, 2013

Morristown Network Creates Cost Savings and Spurs Job Growth

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/morristown-network-creates-cost-savings-and-spurs-job-growth

Located in the northeast corner of Tennessee, Morristown Utility Systems (MUS) offers gigabit broadband throughout a region that covers 30,000 residents and businesses. I recently spoke with MUS General Manager and CEO, Jody Wigington, about FiberNET’s progress and he had much to report, starting with over $5 million in cost savings for local businesses, residents,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 28, 2013

Centennial, Colorado: Voters To Decide on Authority to Build Fiber Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/centennial-colorado-voters-decide-authority-build-fiber-network

The people of Centennial, Colorado, will have the opportunity to vote this fall on the option to allow their city to provide indirect telecommunications services. Located south of Denver in the metro area, Centennial has over 100,000 residents. Recently, the City Council unanimously approved the following ballot question for the upcoming elections. The city press… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 27, 2013

Prometheus Joins Us to Discuss Community Radio and Internet – Community Broadband Bits Episode 61

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/prometheus-joins-us-discuss-community-radio-and-internet-community-broadband-bits-episode-61

The Prometheus Radio Project is an impressive grassroots organization that has successfully opened the radio airwaves to communities after big corporations had effectively locked up unused radio channel for years. Prometheus Policy Director Sanjay Jolly joins us for Episode #61 of our Community Broadband Bits podcast. Our conversation ranges from the recent history of pirate… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 26, 2013

Relative Energy Efficiency of Residential Building Energy Codes [Chart]

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/relative-energy-efficiency-residential-building-energy-codes-chart/

Update 9/3/13: Environmental groups and home builders associations may have just reached an historic agreement on building codes, focusing on improving efficiency through a performance based measure (the Home Energy Rating System) instead of the prescriptive IECC codes. The upshot is a 20% improvement over the 2012 IECC code within two years by allowing builders… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 26, 2013

Jacksonville Discovers Savings and Faster Connectivity

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/jacksonville-discovers-savings-and-faster-connectivity

It is no secret to our readers that communities throughout the country have transitioned from leasing services from big corporations to building their own fiber networks to save public dollars. Some create collaborations between various entities to reduce costs. Jacksonville is the latest to dabble in collaboration and has found a way to save $200,000… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 23, 2013

Roosevelt Institute Examines Comcast’s Internet Essentials

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/roosevelt-institute-examines-comcasts-internet-essentials

In 2011, Comcast commenced its Internet Essentials program with great fanfare from then FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. We looked at the program in detail and described Comcast’s decision to withhold the program for two years to use as a carrot in a bid to secure the NBC merger. In addition to acquiring NBC, Comcast received… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 22, 2013

Longmont Friends of Fiber Rallies Supporters, Preps for Referendum Fight

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/longmont-friends-fiber-rallies-supporters-preps-referendum-fight

Longmont’s City Council and municipal power and communications utility are getting serious about bringing fiber to the people. We reported earlier this month about the decision to allow voters to decide how fast they want that next generation network. Longmont Power and Communications (LPC) already plan to expand the existing network to households and businesses… Continue reading

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Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 21, 2013

Walmart’s Latest “Buy America” Sham

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/walmarts-latest-buy-america-sham/

In a way, Walmart’s Buy America program represents the home stretch of the economic transformation the company set in motion decades ago, when it set out to replace the American middle class, rooted in small business ownership and unionized jobs, with a vast underclass that has little choice but to rely on Walmart’s shoddy, short-lived products. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 21, 2013

Governments Should Focus on Infrastructure Despite False Statistics Peddled by NY Times and Others

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/governments-should-focus-infrastructure-despite-false-statistics-peddled-ny-times-and-others

Having just read the New York Times story “Most of U.S. is Wired, but Millions Aren’t Plugged In,” I was reminded that even the top mainstream telecom journalists really have little understanding of what they write. This is a bit ranty but comes back together constructively at the end. I just read that “nearly 98… Continue reading