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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 21, 2012

Legislative Alert: Oppose California’s SB 1161

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/legislative-alert-oppose-californias-sb-1161

Sean McLaughlin from the New America Foundation and Access Humbolt alerted us to HB 1161, an AT&T and ALEC driven bill to scale back state regulation of Internet services. Sen. Alex Padilla (D-SD20, San Fernando Valley) is a co-author of the bill, introduced in February and moving steadily forward. Sean tells us: On Monday, the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 21, 2012

Farmington, New Mexico Exploring Fiber Options

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/farmington-new-mexico-exploring-fiber-options

Farmington, New Mexico, currently has 80 miles of fiber and has decided to consider the best way to get the most out of the investment. The City uses the fiber network strictly for its Farmington Electric Utility System but sees potential in maximizing the power of the unused strands. Earlier this year, they commissioned a… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 10 Comments | Updated on Jun 20, 2012

Justice Department Abets Amazon’s E-Book Monopoly

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

For years, Amazon has used its size and market power to bully publishers and keep other retailers from competing in the e-book market.  And, for years, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has done nothing to constrain Amazon’s abuses or bring about a more competitive marketplace. So it was quite a shock last month when… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jun 20, 2012

States Try Variants of Feed-In Tariff to Help Connect Solar, Wind Power to Grid

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/states-variants-feed-in-tariff-connect-solar-wind-power-grid/

E&E News – Tuesday, June 19, 2012 While much of the renewable energy sector remains focused on extending federal tax credits for wind, solar and other alternative fuels, utilities and small-scale energy producers in more than a dozen states are forging ahead with programs that pay renewable energy producers a fixed rate for power they… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 20, 2012

Florida Fiber: How Martin County Saves Big with Gigabit Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/florida-fiber-gigabit/

Martin County, Florida, is saving millions of dollars because it built a county-owned fiber optic network rather than continuing to lease connections from Comcast. ILSR’s latest report, Florida Fiber: Martin County Saves Big with Gigabit Network, reveals how Martin County transformed the threat of a near ten-fold cost increase for its telecom budget into cost… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 20, 2012

Rural Reality: Waiting One Month for Basic Telephone Service in New House

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/rural-reality-waiting-one-month-basic-telephone-service-new-house

Yesterday, we released our first podcast – a short discussion with Linda Kramer of the Sibley-Renville Fiber project in rural Minnesota. When I happened across their Facebook page this morning, I found this perfect example of why the project is necessary (and they gave us permission to reprint it): One of my friends moved from… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 19, 2012

New Podcast Series On Community Broadband Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/podcast-series-community-broadband-networks/

MuniNetworks.org just launched its new podcast series – Community Broadband Bits. Listeners can use smartphones, iPods, computers, the web, etc. to hear the recurring audio program. Each podcast will be 10-15 minute interviews with people doing interesting things to encourage community broadband networks. To subscribe with iTunes, click here. If you simply want the audio… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 19, 2012

First Community Broadband Bits Podcast – Sibley County Fiber to the Farm

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/first-community-broadband-bits-podcast-sibley-county-fiber-farm

In our excitement to produce this podcast, we forgot to credit Fit and the Conniptions for the intro/outro music. Much thanks for releasing their music under a creative commons license that allows us to use it for this purpose. If you like their sound, buy an album! We have decided to start a podcast- a… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 19, 2012

Riverside, California, Named Intelligent Community of 2012

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/riverside-california-named-intelligent-community-2012

Riverside, California was just named the Intelligent Community of the Year 2012 by the Intelligent Communities Forum. It is only the fourth U.S. city to win in the 14-year history of the award. Among its top qualifications are a publicly owned fiber optic network linking public buildings (eliminating the need for any leased lines) and… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 6 Comments | Updated on Jun 19, 2012

Crowdfunding for Community Power?

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

Back in April, President Obama signed the JOBS Act and one of the most-heralded elements was so-called crowdfunding. The law sought to solve a major problem: it’s hard to finance small-scale business ventures.  Wall Street only cares about multi-million dollar plays and securities regulations make small-dollar projects rather difficult (and costly) to jointly fund. The… Continue reading