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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 25, 2013

Electric Coops Natural Choice for Expanding Rural Internet Access

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/electric-coops-natural-choice-expanding-rural-internet-access

“The electric co-ops represent possibly the greatest potential for expansion of really good infrastructure in rural America,” [Todd] Pealock said, explaining how it’s a natural fit for co-ops to be infrastructure providers. “It’s very synergistic for our linemen to hang cable, to lift the hardware up,” Pealock said. “The splicing is very natural for them.”… Continue reading

Screenshot of Whiteboard video of Rooftop Revolution research
Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by admin | 2 Comments | Updated on Jan 24, 2013

Solar Rooftop Revolution: A Video Whiteboard

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/solar-rooftop-revolution-video-whiteboard/

Solar company Renvu created a delightful whiteboard animation of the results from our Rooftop Revolution research, which automatically makes them cooler than the average solar company.  Check it out below or on Youtube. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 24, 2013

Former Cable CEO on Competition and Wireless as Complement to Wired

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/former-cable-ceo-competition-and-wireless-complement-wired

Given the frequent claims of lobbyists for the cable companies regarding how incredibly competitive the broadband market is in the United States, I thought we might want to hear what John Malone, one of the most aggressive cable CEOs ever (TCI) has to say on the subject. He is now with Liberty, a media company… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 23, 2013

Susan Crawford on Bloomberg TV

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/susan-crawford-bloomberg-tv

Six minute interview from Susan talking about the failure of policy in America to expand access to fast, affordable, and reliable networks. Continue reading

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

Indianola City Owned Network Partners to Encourage Economic Development

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/indianola-city-owned-networks-partners-encourage-economic-development

“We want to grow our own new businesses in Indianola, and Simpson College is home to an entire group of potential entrepreneurs who we hope will find support for their efforts here and some day choose to locate their businesses here,” [Jerry Kelly, former Indianola mayor and executive director of the city's development association] said…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 22, 2013

Jason Bird Explains how Princeton Kept Jobs in Community with Publicly Owned Fiber Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/jason-bird-explains-how-princeton-kept-jobs-community-publicly-owned-fiber-network

Jason Bird is the Electrical Superintendent at the city of Princeton Utilities in Illinois. He joins us for the 30th episode of our Community Broadband Bits Podcast to explain why Princeton built a rather unique network. Princeton has built a fiber network to connect some of the local businesses and uses broadband over power lines… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 22, 2013

Taking Advantage of Chairman Genachowski’s Gigabit Challenge

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/taking-advantage-chairman-genachowskis-gigabit-challenge

On Friday, I wrote a harsh, quick response to FCC Chairman’s Genachowski’s so-called gigabit challenge announced in a guest column on Forbes. Since then, I have learned more about the 1 Gbps Challenge and I have to reiterate my frustration with it. We need the Chairman to reduce barriers to community-owned networks, not just recognize… Continue reading

comcast-brags-about-lack-of-broadband-competition-in-america
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 21, 2013

Comcast Brags About Lack of Broadband Competition in America

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/comcast-brags-about-lack-broadband-competition-america

The next time you hear someone claiming that the broadband market in the U.S. has plenty of competition, remember this statement from Comcast CEO Brian Roberts. And so each of the last two years, we have had modest increases in the cost of the broadband service, and yet we’ve had tremendous sales. We’re 33%, 31%… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jan 21, 2013

New Mexico Recycling Industry Poised to Add 5,000 Jobs

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/nm-recycling-industry-poised-add-5000-jobs/

A new report released by the New Mexico Recycling Coalition (NMRC) details the estimated number of jobs in the recycling industry and predicts how many jobs could be gained through increased recycling activities. It is estimated that close to 5,000 new direct, indirect and induced jobs will be created in New Mexico when the state recycling rate reaches 34%. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 19, 2013

American Crafts’ New Muse is UTOPIA

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/american-crafts-new-muse-utopia

If you are a 21st century crafter, you are probably prolific at finding inspiration online. You may be familiar with American Crafts of Orem for ideas or products. The company, founded in 1994, is now a customer of UTOPIA and reports significant bandwidth improvement after the switch from old T-1 connections. From the UTPOIA blog:… Continue reading