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

New Network in Carroll County Maryland on Track for 2013 Completion

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/new-network-carroll-county-maryland-track-2013-completion

Two years ago, we reported on the emerging partnership between Carroll County, Maryland, and the Maryland Broadband Cooperative (MBC) to build a fiber network to local business clients. The County financed the investment in part through cost savings obtained as a result of transitioning away from expensive T1 lines. This summer, the Carroll County Office… Continue reading

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

Community Broadband Bits 12 – Todd Murren with SpringNet, Missouri

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-bits-12-todd-murren-springnet-missouri

The 12th episode of the Community Broadband Bits podcast features an interview with Todd Murren of SpringNet, in Springfield Missouri. SpringNet delivers blazing broadband over Ethernet to businesses in the community. We talk about Missouri’s strong restrictions on local authority around broadband and the history of SpringNet. We also discuss how SpringNet has led to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 2 Comments | Updated on Sep 11, 2012

Taller Wind Turbines Boost State Energy Self-Reliance

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/taller-wind-turbines-boost-state-energy-self-reliance/

A story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune today highlights the increasingly common use of 100 meter wind turbines for new wind power projects, up from the previous 80 meter standard.  The technological change grabs more wind energy, with consistently higher wind speeds at higher altitudes, meaning states can get even more power from a similar… Continue reading

Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 10, 2012

Letter to the Editor: Newest Cry from County Residents

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/newest-cry-from-county-residents/

The No Incinerator Alliance of Frederick County, Maryland, continues to provide citizens with accurate information on the proposed incinerator for that County. Reposted from the Frederick News Post - http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/opinion/display_lte.htm?StoryID=140039#.UE5IIrJlTWo The Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority has provided estimates that predict $527 million in bonds will be needed for the construction of the proposed regional trash incinerator… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 10, 2012

Google Fiber Spurs Digital Divide Discussions

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/google-fiber-spurs-digital-divide-discussions

“I’m concerned that the digital divide” — the gap between electronic haves and have-nots — “will be exacerbated by the fact that you’ll have extremely fast Internet in some neighborhoods while people in neighborhoods with fewer resources will be left even further behind,” said Christopher Barnickel, an assistant director at the Kansas City, Kan., Public… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 13 Comments | Updated on Sep 7, 2012

Minnesota’s First Community Solar Project is Minnesota-Made

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

Update 12/20/12: This project includes battery storage. Just last month, the Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association, serving communities just north and west of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, announced Minnesota’s first community solar project.  The 40 kW solar array will be located at the cooperative’s headquarters, with members allowed to purchase individual panels in the project… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 7, 2012

A Match to Watch: Tennis Channel v. Comcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/match-watch-tennis-channel-v-comcast

Back in 2010, we reported on the merger between Comcast and NBC, which was in the works at the time. One of the issues that came up was how programming is chosen. At the time, the Tennis Channel had filed a suit against Comcast, alleging that Comcast did not make Tennis Channel programming available to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 6, 2012

Martinsville, Virginia, Investigates Network Expansion

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/martinsville-virginia-investigates-network-expansion

Not long ago, we shared information on MINET, the municipal network in Martinsville, Virginia, that serves schools, municipal facilities, and about 30 local businesses. We noted that businesses are attracted to the area and cite the capabilities of the fiber network as a driving force. The Martinsville Bulletin now reports that city leaders have been… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 5, 2012

Antitrust Allegations Against Comcast Nothing New

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/antitrust-allegations-against-comcast-nothing-new

We have frequently written of Comcast’s anti-consumer actions past posts, so we were not surprised to learn that the Department of Justice (DOJ) recently decided to investigate the cable company for antitrust. The borders between antitrust and hyper competitive business practices are grey; Comcast has experimented in the shadows on more than one occasion. We looked into one nine-year-old case, that… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 4, 2012

Community Broadband Bits 11 – Steve Reneker of Riverside California

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-bits-11-steve-reneker-riverside-california

In our 11th episode of the Community Broadband Bits podcast, we interview Steve Reneker — the Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director of SmartRiverside — of Riverside, California. We discuss why Riverside built its own wired and wireless networks and how it is using them to improve the efficiency of local government operations and increase… Continue reading