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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 1, 2013

John Farrell Discusses Clean, Local Energy Options for Minneapolis (Podcast)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/john-farrell-discusses-clean-local-energy-options-minneapolis-podcast/

John Farrell spoke to the Stone Arch discussion forum of the local DFL Education Foundation on January 12, 2013, about  the Minneapolis Energy Options campaign to let the people of Minneapolis take charge of their energy future. The grassroots campaign is challenging the energy monopoly of Xcel and Centerpoint Energy and hopes to give the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 31, 2013

MN House Committee Learns About the PUC/Broadband Relationship

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/mn-house-committee-learns-about-pucbroadband-relationship

We want to thank Ann Treacy from the Blandin Foundation for getting out and reporting on many events dealing with telecommunications. We know we can rely on her to faithfully share her findings via the Bladin on Broadband blog. Last week, Ann attended the Labor, Workplace and Regulated Industries Committee at the Minnesota House of… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jan 31, 2013

Bill Moyer: Episode 2 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/bill-moyer-episode-2-local-energy-rules-podcast/

In this edition of Local Energy Rules, John Farrell and Wade Underwood speak with Bill Moyer of the Backbone Campaign about a nascent community solar project in Vashon, WA. We ask Bill about his involvement with the project as a community organizer—delving into the frustrating regulatory barriers that have kept the project from coming to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 30, 2013

Longmont Soon to Connect Businesses, Residents in Colorado Community

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/longmont-soon-connect-businesses-residents-colorado-community

Readers know we have offered extensive coverage of the publicly owned network in Longmont, Colorado. The utility will soon offer telecommunications services to businesses and residents that are physically located within 500 feet or less of its existing network. At this stage, policies and procedures for the service are being finalized by Longmont Power and… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 30, 2013

Discussing the FCC’s Gigabit Challenge

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

Last week, I joined Craig Settles on his Gigabit Nation show to discuss Chairman Genachowski’s Gigabit Challenge along with Jim Baller, Masha Zager of Broadband Communities Magazine, Gary Evans of Hiawatha Broadband Communications, and Arkansas Senator Linda Chesterfield. I take a more moderated stance in this discussion than I have previously, in part because we… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 29, 2013

Scarlett McGrady Explains Virginia’s Wired Road

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/scarlett-mcgrady-explains-virginias-wired-road

The Wired Road is an ambitious fiber optic and wireless project offering Internet access to several underserved areas in rural Virginia. For the 31st episode of our Community Broadband Bits Bits podcast, Scarlett McGrady joins me to discuss its history and impact on the region. McGrady is the Director of the Grant Community Computing Center… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 29, 2013

Op-Ed: NC In Bottom of Broadband Barrel

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/op-ed-nc-bottom-broadband-barrell

Common Cause’s Todd O’Boyle and myself have just published an opinion piece in the North Carolina News & Observer to highlight the foolishness of the General Assembly revoking local authority to build broadband networks. Todd and I teamed up for a case study of North Carolina’s most impressive fiber network, Greenlight, owned by the city… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 28, 2013

Decentralized Recycling Models for Cities: Berkeley and El Cerrito, CA

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/decentralized-recycling-models-cities-berkeley-el-cerrito-ca/

Berkeley, CA, and El Cerrito, CA, in the San Francisco Bay area are special examples of government, grassroots, and private business collaboration in recycling and reuse for the past 30 years. Below are comments on the decentralized model by one of its key advocates and activists, Dan Knapp. Dan is the founder of Urban Ore, which operates in both cities. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 28, 2013

Lack of Competition Creates Capped Connections

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/lack-competition-creates-capped-connections

This post comes to us from Patrick Lucey of the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation. The post was originally published there, but we are excited to feature it here as well. Last month my colleagues and I at the the Open Technology Institute released a paper titled “Capping the Nation’s Broadband Future?”… Continue reading

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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