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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on May 13, 2013

8 Vivid Charts – 8 Reasons for a Solar Energy Standard in Minnesota

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/8-vivid-charts-8-reasons-solar-energy-standard-minnesota/

A conference committee is resolving differences between House and (much weaker) Senate versions of a solar energy standard in Minnesota today.  Here’s 8 graphic reasons why the state should go for solar as aggressively as it can. 8 Vivid Charts – 8 Reasons for a Solar Energy Standard in Minnesota from John Farrell Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on May 13, 2013

Can We Save the Commons that is the Post Office?

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

For 225 years the U.S. Post Office has been the most admired and ubiquitous manifestation of government. From 1789 until the 1960s, the Cabinet level agency saw its mission not only to deliver the mail but to aggressively defend the public good.  In the late 19th century when oligopolistic mail order delivery companies abused their… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 13, 2013

Businesses Lining Up for Service in Longmont, FTTH Build-Out Studied

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/businesses-lining-service-longmont-ftth-build-out-studied

In January, Longmont Power and Communications (LPC) announced they would begin connecting businesses located within 500 feet of the existing network. As we reported, local businesses were chomping at the bit to get hooked up and enjoy the high-speed next generation network. Even without efforts at marketing or advertising, more businesses have added themselves to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 11, 2013

Susan Crawford Profiled in the New Republic

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

In a New Republic article, John B. Judis compared Susan Crawford’s focus on expanding access to fast, affordable, and reliable Internet networks with Senator Elizabeth Warren and her pursuit of Wall Street financial reform. Judis discusses Crawford’s book, Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age, and the grassroots effort to… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on May 11, 2013

Why Won’t Conservatives Let Communities Decide for Themselves?

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

In his 1996 State of the Union Address Democratic President Bill Clinton famously declared, “the era of big government is over.”  And during his tenure he did everything he could to make that true–deregulating the telecommunications and the financial industry, enacting a free trade agreement severely restricting the authority of the federal government to protect… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 10, 2013

AT&T and ALEC Take Aim at Connecticut for Third Year in a Row

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/att-and-alec-take-aim-connecticut-third-year-row

StopTheCap! reports there are three bills in the Connecticut General Assembly that, if passed, will leave little or no protections for customers of plain old telephone service who encounter difficulties with service. AT&T and ALEC back these bills for the third year in a row. Such bills are not new to our readers who often… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 9, 2013

Susan Crawford to Speak in San Francisco May 14th

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/susan-crawford-speak-san-francisco-may-14th

On May 14th, Susan Crawford will speak at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in San Francisco. The event will be hosted by the Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA) of the CPUC, and the theme of the discussion will be “Digital Communications in the United States: Should Broadband Communications be a Public Utility Service?” The… Continue reading

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

New York Times on Internet in America, Genachowski Legacy

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/new-york-times-internet-america-genachowski-legacy

Eduardo Porter has an important column today in the business section of the New York Times, “Yanking Broadband From the Slow Lane.” He correctly identifies some of the culprits slowing the investment in Internet networks in our communities. The last two paragraphs read: Yet the challenge remains: monopolies have a high instinct for self-preservation. And… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on May 8, 2013

Composting Supports Jobs and Healthy Watersheds, Say New ILSR Reports

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

Two new reports from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Composting Makes $en$e Project document the importance of expanded composting and compost use to enhance soils, protect watersheds, reduce waste, and create green jobs and a new made-in-America industrial sector. For press release, click here. With compostable material making up almost one-half of municipal solid waste, there… Continue reading

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

Andrew Cohill Explains Common Mistakes in Community Networks – Community Broadband Bits #45

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/andrew-cohill-explains-common-mistakes-community-networks-community-broadband-bits-45

This is a show I have been wanting to do for years – discussing some of the common mistakes that have been make by community owned networks. Offering broadband and other telecommunications services is a difficult business for any entity, public or private and all network owners make mistakes. The vast majority of these errors… Continue reading