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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 15, 2013

Susan Crawford, Captive Audience, and How to Kill the Cable Monopoly

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/susan-crawford-captive-audience-and-how-kill-cable-monopoly

Susan Crawford, author of the just-released Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age, is our guest for the 29th episode of the Community Broadband Bits Podcast. A former adviser to President Obama, she has been a leading figure in the struggle to preserve an open Internet. Susan has long… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 14, 2013

Princeton, Illinois, Uses Electric Wires to Deliver Low Cost Internet Access

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/princeton-illinois-uses-electric-wires-deliver-low-cost-internet-access

Recently, we covered the city-owned fiber optic network in Princeton, Illinois. The network has been serving city facilities, schools, libraries, and businesses since late 2003. The network contributes to economic development by delivering high capacity telecommunications services at affordable prices to local businesses. The City built and owns the network but services are delivered by a… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jan 14, 2013

The Most Amazing, Interactive U.S. Solar Grid Parity Map

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/amazing-interactive-u-s-solar-grid-parity-map/

Within a decade, 300,000 megawatts of unsubsidized local solar power could compete with utility electricity prices in almost every state, enough clean energy to produce 10% of U.S. electricity.  Grid parity is building like a relentless wave, but how much solar is at parity today?  In 2016?  In 2020?  On homes or businesses?  With incentives… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 13, 2013

Susan Crawford’s Captive Audience Book Reviewed

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/susan-crawfords-captive-audience-book-reviewed

I quickly read the just-released Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age, and came away quite excited by Susan Crawford’s new book. Susan Crawford has been supportive of community owned networks and a loud voice against the poor policies that have allowed a few massive cable and telephone companies… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 11, 2013

Cottage Grove, Oregon, Looks to Bring Jobs to Town With Fiber Expansion

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/cottage-grove-oregon-looks-bring-jobs-town-fiber-expansion

Cottage Grove, Oregon, is on the cusp of adding up to 250 new jobs with the aid of its fiber optic network.  A recent Register-Guard.com article by Serena Markstrom details the potential project between the City and First Call Resolution. The company is interested in expanding to a Cottage Grove shopping strip. While the space… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jan 10, 2013

New Community Solar Crowdfunding Opportunity Sells Out in 24 Hours

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/community-solar-crowdfunding-opportunity-sells-24-hours/

Nearly 300 gigawatts of unsubsidized local solar could beat utility prices in the next decade, but until recently most Americans couldn’t participate because their own rooftop isn’t suitable for solar. That’s changing fast. Just one project featured in our 2010 community solar report, by the Clean Energy Collective, has managed to replicate its initial success. … Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 9, 2013

Verizon Begs Regulators for Protection While Demanding Deregulation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/verizon-begs-regulators-protection-while-demanding-deregulation

From the “A Pox on Both Your Houses” files, Verizon is squaring off against greedy landlords in New York City as it tries to fix lines damaged by Superstorm Sandy. In short, Verizon needs access to the common areas of the multi-dwelling units (MDU or industry-speak for apartments) to fix or upgrade the lines. Verizon… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 9, 2013

Exciting Upcoming Events!

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

If we want to protect the open Internet and expand access to fast, affordable, and reliable connections, we need to organize. There are few better ways to organize or get inspired than in-person events with great speakers and time to chat with others. I will be at both Freedom to Connect and the National Conference… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 8, 2013

Community Broadband Bits 28 – Bruce Kushnick

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-bits-28-bruce-kushnick

If you think the United States cannot afford to take a fiber optic cable to just about every home in the country, you might be surprised to find out that we have already paid for it. We just haven’t received it. Our first podcast guest in 2013, Bruce Kushnick of the New Networks Institute, explains… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 8, 2013

After Buying NC Legislation, AT&T Kills NC Jobs

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/after-buying-nc-legislation-att-kills-nc-jobs

When the North Carolina General Assembly passed a bill written by the cable and telephone industry (with help from ALEC), they probably didn’t expect AT&T to turn around and slash its local workforce. And yet, that is what AT&T has done: “Hey North Carolina, thanks for that monopoly, hope you don’t mind if we move… Continue reading