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San Francisco's Cole Valley Neighborhood
Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 9 Comments | Updated on Aug 30, 2012

How San Francisco is Dealing With Chains

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

San Francisco is home to more independent businesses than other big cities, thanks in part to a 2006 law than gives neighborhoods the power to reject “formula” retail stores and restaurants. But the policy has major gaps, which have opened the way for chains to slip into the city. City leaders are now looking to beef up the law. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 28, 2012

Ramsey County and Saint Paul Under Fire for Network Plan

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/ramsey-county-and-saint-paul-under-fire-network-plan

If you were judging solely from the reaction of Comcast, you could be faulted for thinking Ramsey County and the city of Saint Paul were making a bold, if risky, investment to bring real broadband to local businesses and citizens in Minnesota’s capital. But you would be wrong. Very wrong. The City and the County… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 28, 2012

Community Broadband Bits 10 – Vince Jordan from Longmont, Colorado

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-bits-10-vince-jordan-longmont-colorado

The tenth episode of the Community Broadband Bits podcast features Vince Jordan, Telecom Manager for Longmont Power and Communication in Colorado. We have long followed the trials and tribulations of this community as they fought through two referenda against Comcast’s deep pockets. Now they are expanding their network to connect businesses and residents. You can… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 27, 2012

New Mexico Media Groups and Residents Lobby Senator on Value of Munis

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/new-mexico-media-groups-and-residents-lobby-senator-value-munis

Not long ago, we told you about Farmington, New Mexico, a community of 32,000 residents who want to capitalize on its current fiber network. Residents are tired of waiting for private investment in their community and want to take matters into their own hands. The city’s electric utility uses the existing fiber network and the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 2 Comments | Updated on Aug 27, 2012

Forthcoming Project in Washington State Illustrates Complexity of Community Solar

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/forthcoming-project-washington-state-illustrates-complexity-community-solar/

Colorado just launched their long-awaited community solar gardens law (program subscribed in 30 minutes) and California is progressing on a virtual net metering law that could remove one of many roadblocks to community solar.  But the Vashon Community Solar Project in Washington State shows that doing solar community-style hasn’t become easy. The Vashon project will… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 26, 2012

Verizon Wireless Busted for Violating Network Neutrality

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/verizon-wireless-busted-violating-network-neutrality

In December, 2010, Verizon Wireless began operating its network via C-Block spectrum with licenses it acquired in the 2008 auction. In keeping with net neutrality rules unique to C-Block usage, Verizon agreed long ago that it would not block or limit consumers’ ability to tether on their 4G LTE network. Tethering allows a consumer to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 25, 2012

CenturyLink Fails Ohio Community, 911 Goes Out During Storm

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/centurylink-fails-ohio-community-911-goes-out-during-storm

The people of Warren County, Ohio, endured some rough weather in June as a 70 mph derecho whipped through this southwest county. A series of errors from CenturyLink kept 911 service inoperable for more than 15 hours. According to Stop the Cap!: During the outage, callers initially heard nothing after dialing 911. Sometime later, someone… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 23, 2012

Chattanooga Gets 150 More Jobs… From Comcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/chattanooga-gets-150-more-jobs-comcast

Just on the heels of Time Warner Cable announcing 81 new jobs in Kansas City in response to the newly competitive environment created by Google’s Gig, we learned that Comcast is adding more jobs to its workforce in Chattanooga. In talking points, the lobbyists and spokespeople for these major carriers often claim that community networks… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 2 Comments | Updated on Aug 23, 2012

California County’s PACE Program Could Get Feisty with FHFA

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/california-countys-pace-program-feisty-fhfa/

Does a Riverside County, CA, residential energy financing program put thousands of homeowners on a collision course with the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA)? In a proposed rule-making, the FHFA has suggested that Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) policies represent a threat to the safety and soundness of mortgages held by government-backed Fannie Mae and Freddie… Continue reading

Article, Rule filed under Energy | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 22, 2012

CLEAN Programs (Feed-In Tariffs)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/clean-programs-feed-in-tariffs/

Few policies make renewable energy production easier than CLEAN (Clean Local Energy Accessible Now) Programs, also known as feed-in tariffs.  The basic premise is to require utilities to buy renewable energy from individuals or businesses on long-term, fixed price contracts at prices sufficient to encourage them to invest.  The most robust policies span multiple technologies… Continue reading