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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 18, 2012

Christopher Mitchell on Gigabit Nation Today

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/christopher-mitchell-gigabit-nation-today

I am going to be on Gigabit Nation today with Craig Settles, a live call-in show, from 2-3 Eastern time. You can listen online here both during the show and after, when the recording will be made available. Listen to internet radio with cjspeaks on Blog Talk Radio Craig put together this summary: Local governments’… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 17, 2012

AT&T, Others Overcharge Subscribers Based on Secret Bandwidth Meters

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/att-others-overcharge-subscribers-based-secret-bandwidth-meters

Imagine going to a gas station, putting 10 gallons into your car’s 12 gallon tank, and driving off only to find your needle only approaches half a tank? This scenario is quite rare because government inspects gas stations to ensure they are not lying about how much gasoline they dispense. But when it comes to… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 2 Comments | Updated on Dec 17, 2012

We Need to Get Ready for a Solar Rooftop Revolution [Infographic]

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/get-ready-solar-rooftop-revolution/
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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Dec 14, 2012

Rooftop Revolution Reports

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

By 2022, over 38 million homes and businesses could get solar power from their own rooftop, pay less for electricity, without any subsidies for solar. These two reports, published in 2012, outline the growth potential for local solar power and the coming rooftop revolution. Click to see more of our Rooftop Revolution resources. Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Dec 14, 2012

Rooftop Revolution

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

At the start of 2012, the United States had over 4,000 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaics (PV) connected to the grid, with the pace of new installations accelerating as the price continues to fall. There has never been a better opportunity for Americans to generate their own electricity on-site nor such a challenge to the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 14, 2012

Utah’s Spanish Fork City Network an Incredible Success

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/utahs-spanish-fork-city-network-incredible-success

Back in 2010, we reported on the municipal network in Spanish Fork, Utah. Back then, the utility innaugurated its telephone service, which completed its triple play offering. With recent discussion around Utah’s UTOPIA, Spanish Fork is getting a second look. A Cimaron Neugebauer, Salt Lake Tribune article, highlights the success of the Spanish Fork Communications… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 13, 2012

Broadband is Essential Infrastructure for Communities

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/broadband-essential-infrastructure-communities

In August, we reported on the results of a report on UTOPIA by the Office of the State Auditor General of Utah. As you will recall, the results were less than favorable and presented more fodder for those opposed to municipal telecommunications infrastructure investment. The same old arguments often rest on the financial investment in… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 12, 2012

Canadian Community Brings Fiber to All in Alberta Town

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/canadian-community-brings-fiber-all-alberta-town

Back in 2010, we reported on SuperNet in Alberta, Canada. We noted how, even though it resulted in significant middle-mile infrastructure expansion, there were still many, many Canadians along the route that were not connected. We drew a parallel between that experience and the focus on middle mile infrastructure via the broadband stimulus programs. In… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 11, 2012

Support Us With Year End Donation

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“I think you guys are on to something and understand better than anyone else about what I was talking about, about closing the leaks of equity out of our communities. I thank you for all of the diverse work that you’ve done.” – Bill Moyer, executive director of the Backbone Campaign As a reader of… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 11, 2012

Community Broadband Bits 25 – Dewayne Hendricks Returns

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Dewayne Hendricks has returned for his second appearance on the Community Broadband Bits Podcast, continuing our discussion about the potential for wireless technologies to improve how we access the Internet. We recommend listening to his first appearance in episode 18 before this one. Here, we take up the old wired vs. wireless debate, but quickly… Continue reading