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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 20, 2013

In Georgia, Thomasville Combines Tradition and Technology for Downtown Success

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/georgia-thomasville-combines-tradition-and-technology-downtown-success

In 2011, MSNBC reported on Thomasville, Georgia. The small community beat the odds to nourish a vibrant downtown. At the time, local independent businesses in the U.S. disappeared as quaint main streets lost mom and pop ventures to the economy. Such was not the case with Thomasville. MSNBC’s report, a little over 2 minutes and… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 19, 2013

How a City Can Get More Clean, Local Energy

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

Like many cities attempting to solve climate change at a local level, Minneapolis is finding the prospect more challenging that it may have imagined. The lion’s share of emissions (two-thirds in the case of Minneapolis) come from electricity and gas sold by two monopoly, corporate utilities. Minnesota’s state-level policy is helping: a renewable energy standard… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 19, 2013

FCC Chairman Issues Statement Opposing State Muni Broadband Limitations

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/fcc-chairman-issues-statement-opposing-state-muni-broadband-limitations

Last Friday, FCC Chairman Genachowski issued a statement discouraging states from creating (or maintaining) barriers to community owned networks. This statement came just days after Georgia began considering a bill to limit local authority in deciding whether a network were a wise decision. As we’ve recognized in law and policy for many years, public-private partnerships… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 19, 2013

Dewayne Hendricks Explains the Forgotton National Information Infrastructure – Community Broadband Bits #34

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/dewayne-hendricks-explains-forgotton-national-information-infrastructure-community-broadband

Have you heard of the National Information Infrastructure, or the NII? Most of us either haven’t, or have forgotten we once knew what it could be. Dewayne Hendricks joins us to remind us what it was and why we should care. It’s “kind of a big thing.” Since we conducted this interview, unlicensed spectrum issues… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 17, 2013

Susan Crawford and Bill Moyers Discuss Internet Access in America

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/susan-crawford-and-bill-moyers-discuss-internet-access-america

Susan Crawford sat down with Bill Moyers to talk about Internet access in America. The two touch on net neutrality, the digital divide, and how access is now a critical component to our economic development. In the words of Bill Moyers, “This is pretty strong stuff.” Bill and Susan also talk about how we have… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 16, 2013

Hey FCC: Time to Expand Unlicensed Spectrum!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/hey-fcc-time-expand-unlicensed-spectrum

Remember that Washington Post story about bigger, free Wi-Fi networks? It went hugely viral with all manner of outlets picking the story up, unintentionally distorting it, and amplifying it. Some good has come of it. For one thing, I was reminded that Ars Technica does a really good job of tech reporting, better than anyone… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 15, 2013

A Local Solar Energy Standard for Minnesota

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

The following presentation outlines a 10% solar energy standard to be considered by the Minnesota legislature in early 2013. It would require utilities to supply 10% of their energy sales from solar electricity – largely local, distributed solar.  It provides long-term, standard contracts to solar projects with a value of solar production-based price and a… Continue reading

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

Roundup of Coverage of Georgia Bill to Slow Telecom Investment

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/roundup-coverage-georgia-bill-slow-telecom-investment

In just a few days, we have seen many articles discussing how unwise and dangerous HB 282 is for the future of economic development in Georgia. This bill will revoke local authority to decide for themselves if any public investment in telecommunications is a wise choice. We already noted coverage from DSL Reports, Free Press,… Continue reading

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

Rexburg, Idaho, and Surrounding Counties Commit to Feasibility Study

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/rexburg-idaho-and-surrounding-counties-commit-feasibility-study

A collaboration between local Idaho and Wyoming counties, the town of Rexburg, Idaho, and Brigham Young University will be exploring the possibility of a community owned fiber optic network. Significant business interest in the project has contributed to the decision to move forward with a feasibility study. According to a Standard Journal article, Design Nine… Continue reading

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

Georgia Anti-Internet Bill Hearing Rescheduled for Next Week

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/georgia-anti-internet-bill-hearing-rescheduled-next-week

In the 30 hours since we learned of a bill in Georgia to revoke local authority to decide for themselves if a broadband network is a wise investment, we have seen a big response! Some of that is detailed below, but what matters for now is that HB 282 was bumped from today to next… Continue reading