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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Sep 3, 2013

How Organizing is Giving the City of Minneapolis a Better Energy Future

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

For decades the energy future of Minneapolis was in the hands of others: meaningful change around cleaner energy was left to the state, affordability and reliability overseen by a virtually impenetrable public utility commission, and local energy generation largely a dream. Until a local, grassroots campaign suggested that the city turn a mundane contract renewal… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 3, 2013

Countering Crazy Talk, Volume 3, for Episode #62 of Community Broadband Bits Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/countering-crazy-talk-volume-3-episode-62-community-broadband-bits-podcast

Lisa Gonzalez and I are back with another back and forth reaction to some of the crazy claims made by opponents of community owned Internet networks. This is something we started with Episode 50 and continued in Episode 55. For volume 3 of our Crazy Talk series, we address some recent claims made in opinion… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 30, 2013

Comcast Reacts to Google Fiber in Provo

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/comcast-reacts-google-fiber-provo

The sale of iProvo to Google Fiber means that Comcast now gets to compete against Google’s gig – Time Warner Cable is the incumbent cable company in Kansas City and Austin. Comcast wasted little time and has improved its bundle in Provo long before any new customers are turned on. The Free UTOPIA blog recently reported that… Continue reading

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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