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

Cox Discourages Internet Use That Competes with Core Cable Product

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/cox-discourages-internet-use-competes-core-cable-product

Another story of frustration as cable companies try to discourage Internet use on their last generation networks. An article earlier this month in StopTheCap! tells the story of the John Heeley family, long time Cox customers and avid Netflix fans. The Heeley’s received a letter from Cox warning them about their “excessive Internet usage.” They… Continue reading

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

Princeton, Massachusetts, Plans Next Step of Fiber Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/princeton-massachusetts-plans-next-step-fiber-network

Community members in Princeton, Massachusetts, voted on May 14th to proceed with planning for a next-generation fiber network. The picturesque New England community voted to spend $10,000 on a system design and to establish an entity to operate the network in the future, if the community decides to proceed with the investment. According to News… Continue reading

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

Comcast Cuts Deal in Cape Cod as OpenCape Deployment Continues

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/comcast-cuts-deal-cape-cod-opencape-deployment-continues

CapeCodToday, recently ran two interviews relating to OpenCape, the publicly owned network nearing completion in Massachusetts. The interviews follow a belated March press release from Comcast, announcing its new service contract with Cape Cod Community College (CCCC). Like some others familiar with the project, we were surprised to see the college choosing Comcast for connectivity… Continue reading

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

Unraveling the Public-Private-Partnership in San Leandro – Community Broadband Bits Episode #47

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/unraveling-public-private-partnership-san-leandro-community-broadband-bits-episode-47

The city of San Leandro has formed a partnership with a local company now named Lit San Leandro to expand business access to the Internet. We talk with San Leandro’s Chief Innovation Officer Deborah Acosta and Judi Clark, a consultant with Lit San Leandro, to learn more about their approach. San Leandro already had conduit… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 20, 2013

Longmont City Council Approves Fiber Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/longmont-city-council-approves-fiber-network

Longmont, Colorado, will move ahead with plans to offer fiber connectivity to the entire community. After presenting this business plan to the City Council, members voted unanimously on May 14th to support the measure. Scott Rochat from the Times-Call attended the meeting. Residents stepped forward to express their opinions and all but one urged the… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on May 20, 2013

Expect Delays: Reviewing Ontario’s “Buy Local” Renewable Energy Program

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/expect-delays-reviewing-ontarios-buy-local-renewable-energy-program/

Launched in 2009, Ontario’s “buy local” Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program promised to deliver hundreds of megawatts of new renewable energy and create 50,000 new jobs by the end of 2012. The program has had some notable achievements, and the province has worked hard to remedy some of the remaining roadblocks to success. The bottom line… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on May 20, 2013

Expect Delays: a Presentation Reviewing Ontario’s “Buy Local” Renewable Energy Program

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/expect-delays-presentation-reviewing-ontarios-buy-local-renewable-energy-program/

Ontario’s landmark “buy local” renewable energy Feed-In Tariff program launched in late 2009.  After four years, the program has created thousands of jobs, helped close coal-fired power plants and made energy producers of many Ontarians.  But roadblocks remain, and changes are needed.  The following presentation outlines the program, its goals and accomplishments, and the barriers… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on May 20, 2013

Democratic Energy from Ontario’s ‘Buy Local’ Renewable Energy Program [Infographic]

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 18, 2013

Upcoming Broadband Communities Mag Issue Dedicated to Community Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/upcoming-broadband-communities-mag-issue-dedicated-community-networks

We look forward to the next issue of Broadband Communities magazine, due on June 15th. This upcoming edition is titled “Fiber Nation: Are We At The Tipping Point?” and focuses completely on local communities that created their own networks. Broadband Communities puts on the annual Broadband Communities Summit, which we just attended in Dallas in… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on May 17, 2013

A Community Solar Gold Standard: Episode 9 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/community-solar-gold-standard-episode-9-local-energy-rules-podcast/

Joy Hughes was living in the San Luis Valley of Colorado, a place with a “tremendous amount of solar potential,” so good that the valley’s residents were being overwhelmed by proposals for large scale solar power plants. One had a “field of things like radar dishes” and another included a “600 foot tower.” The influx… Continue reading