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

The Incredible Incompetence of Comcast

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

What happens when economies of scale are taken to ridiculous proportions? The wretched customer service of Comcast, AT&T, Etc. We recently had to move our Institute for Local Self-Reliance office within Minneapolis due to our old building being razed shortly for student condos. Given the paucity of choices, we are stuck with Comcast as our… Continue reading

Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 18, 2012

More Clean Energy for Minneapolis

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

Click here for a more detailed article. ILSR Senior Researcher John Farrell presents to a big crowd at “Green Ideas and Ham,” a breakfast policy forum in Minneapolis, about the opportunity for the city to dramatically increase its control over its energy future.  In a short time, the city’s monopoly energy contracts with its electric… Continue reading

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

Rural Broadband Stimulus Project in New Mexico Threatened, Saved

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/rural-broadband-stimulus-project-new-mexico-threatened-saved

A last mile broadband project in Taos, New Mexico, encountered a temporary snag and appears to be back on track. The situation highlights the potential conflict created between federal and state entities. State officials acted to show their support and now expect the project to continue. Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC) was awarded a $45… Continue reading

Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 17, 2012

Recycling World Mourns Death of Pat Franklin

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

Pat Franklin, founder of the Container Recycling Institute, has died. Franklin started the Container Recycling Institute in her basement in 1991 and was recognized as one of the preeminent experts on container recycling and bottle bills. Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Banking, Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 6 Comments | Updated on Oct 17, 2012

Too Big to Lend

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

A critical function of our banking system is financing small businesses. But big banks are doing a rotten job of it. At the nation’s largest banks, small business lending has plunged 33% since 2009. Trying to cajole or compel them to do more won’t make much difference because the problem is largely inherent to their scale. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 16, 2012

Help Get the Word Out About Community Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/help-get-word-out-about-community-networks

What will we be talking about that the National Conference for Media Reform in Denver, April 5-7 of 2013? Lots of things, but let’s make sure Community Networks are on the agenda! The National Conference for Media Reform (NCMR) is a great gathering of enthusiastic people who want to build a better media that reflect… 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 Oct 16, 2012

What a Difference a Court Makes

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

In a democracy the majority wins. Which makes minority groups vulnerable.  At the dawn of the Republic John Adams warned about “the tyranny of the majority.” Almost a century later, the 14th Amendment finally declared that no State shall “deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”  Despite its being… Continue reading

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Article filed under Biomaterials, Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 16, 2012

Internships Available – Jobs and Styrofoam Research

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

ILSR’s Waste to Wealth Program has openings for qualified college and university students or graduates for summer or academic year internships to research the economic and watershed benefits of composting and to assist with its no-styrofoam campaign. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 16, 2012

Community Broadband Bits 17 – Joe Knapp of Sandy, Oregon

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-bits-17-joe-knapp-sandy-oregon

Sandy has run a wireless network for over eight years and has just announced a partnership with i3 to bring FTTH to everyone using i3′s technology to run trunk fiber lines through existing waste water and storm water pipes. We previously wrote about Sandy here. Joe Knapp, the IT Director for the city of Sandy… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 15, 2012

Port Angeles’ "The Mesh" Up and Running

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/port-angeles-mesh-and-running

Citywide Internet will soon be available as a monthly service in Port Angeles on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. Mayor Cherie Kidd, Police Chief Terry Gallagher, and Councilwoman Brooke Nelson participated in a ceremonial “cable cutting” event last week. The event was to celebrate the new network, nicknamed “The Mesh.” Arwyn Rice, of the Olympic Peninsula Daily… Continue reading