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Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 3 Comments | Updated on Mar 13, 2014

Could Minnesota’s “Value of Solar” Make Everyone a Winner?

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

On Wednesday, Minnesota became the first state to allow utilities a new method of contracting with distributed solar producers, called the market-based “value of solar.” If adopted by utilities, it will fundamentally change the relationship between solar-producing customers and their electric utility. Following Minnesota’s Value of Solar Process? Here are a few resources: Part 1… Continue reading

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

Lexingtonians Consider Municipal Network Options in Kentucky

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/lexingtonians-consider-municipal-network-options-kentucky

Community leaders in Lexington are the latest to stand at a fork in the broadband road. In September, the franchise agreement between the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) and Time Warner Cable expired, resulting in a month-to-month agreement continuation. As they negotiate a new contract, local citizens have called for consideration of a municipal network…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 12, 2014

Worth Reading: The Nation Promotes Community Networks in New York

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/worth-reading-nation-promotes-community-networks-new-york

This post got lost in our system but we still wanted to publish it. The Nation ran an article by Maya Wiley, founder of the Center for Social Inclusion, calling on New York’s Mayor de Blasio to bring the “Two New Yorks” together with community broadband. Her article describes the Red Hook area of Brooklyn where… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Mar 11, 2014

Crimea, Anschluss and the Enduring Quest for Autonomy

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

The upcoming Crimea referendum is both ordinary and extraordinary. Ordinary because more than 100 times since World War II geographically concentrated ethnic or linguistic groups have voted on the question of independence.  Extraordinary because never before have a people encountered a ballot allowing them to choose only between continuing subservience within their existing nation or… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 11, 2014

History of the Quickly Subverted 1996 Telecommunications Act – Community Broadband Bits Episode 89

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/history-quickly-subverted-1996-telecommunications-act-community-broadband-bits-episode-89

If all had gone according to the plan behind the 1996 Telecommunications Act, we would have lots of competition among Internet service providers, not just cable and DSL but other technologies as well. Alas, the competing technologies never really appeared and various incarnations of the FCC effectively gutted the common carriage requirements at the heart… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 11, 2014

Kentucky Municipal Utilities Association Passes Resolution Favoring Local Control in Telecommunications

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/kentucky-municipal-utilities-association-passes-resolution-favoring-local-control

We recently reported that local leaders in Chanute and Westminster had passed resolutions supporting the FCC as it considers its authority. The Kentucky Municipal Utilities Association (KMUA) passed a similar resolution on February 28th. KMUA members include 45 city-owned utilities including electricity, water, wastewater, natural gas, and telecommunications services. Members include places our readers are… Continue reading

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Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Mar 11, 2014

Brenda Platt to Speak at 3rd Annual National Zero Waste Business Conference

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/brenda-platt-speak-3rd-annual-national-waste-business-conference/

Learn practical and impactful approaches to “Creating Value Through Zero Waste,” the focus of the 3rd Annual National Zero Waste Business Conference, May 6-9, 2014, in Atlanta, GA. Register at the USZWBC website www.uszwbc.org [NOTE: ILSR readers can get a 20% discount using the discount code nzwbc14ilsr if you register by March 21st] The conference… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 11, 2014

It’s Not Just San Francisco Anymore! A Report on San Diego’s First Zero Waste Conference

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

Neil Seldman summarizes presentations from the first San Diego County Zero Waste Conference that was held under the sponsorship of Zero Waste San Diego (ZWSD) and the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA). Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 10, 2014

GAO Report: Government Telecom Investments Help Local Businesses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/gao-report-government-telecom-investments-help-local-businesses

The Government Accountability Office released a report today examining economic development and government-spurred broadband deployment. The report, titled Telecommunications: Federal Broadband Deployment Programs and Small Business looks at the effects of stimulus projects on opportunities for small business.  According to the press release: “GAO’s investigation confirms the success of the Recovery Act’s broadband programs,” said… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 10, 2014

On the Media Talks Cable Consolidation, Municipal Networks With Crawford and Baller

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/media-talks-cable-consolidation-municipal-networks-crawford-and-baller

The possible merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable and the FCC’s recent announcement to review state barriers have created a significant buzz in the world of telecommunications. Two recent NPR interviews with Susan Crawford and Jim Baller provide insight into how the merger may affect consumers and why a new light is shining on… Continue reading