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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 5, 2013

Boise Leases Dark Fiber to Consolidate Data Centers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/boise-leases-dark-fiber-consolidate-data-centers

Idaho’s capital has begun leasing dark fiber from Zayo Group that will allow it to consolidate a number of data centers it has located in municipal facilities across the city. This will allow Boise to better meet the internal needs of City Departments; the City is not providing access to private businesses or residents. We… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jan 4, 2013

Who Should Pay the Costs of Climate Disasters?

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

Who should pay the costs of climate disasters?  In light of the current debate in the United States about federal assistance to Hurricane Sandy victims and the recent debate at the recent Doha Climate Conference about international assistance for climate change victims, that has become an increasingly pressing question for humankind. The frequency and cost… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jan 4, 2013

Is Your Utility Ready for a Solar Rooftop Revolution?

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

A presentation summarizing ILSR’s reports on the local solar opportunity as unsubsidized solar becomes competitive with retail electricity prices in nearly every state over the next decade. Read the reports and view our other multimedia resources on solar parity. Is Your Utility Ready for a Solar Rooftop Revolution? from John Farrell Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 4, 2013

Community Built Network Saves Local Jobs in Princeton, Illinois

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-built-network-saves-local-jobs-princeton-illinois

Kudos to Richard Downey, Village Administrator for the Village of Kronenwetter in Wisconsin. Mr. Downey reminded us that we have yet to write about the fiber network in Princeton, Illinois. While we have noted Princeton in our list of economic development successes, we haven’t delved into the network that serves the city, the schools, and… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | 5 Comments | Updated on Jan 3, 2013

The Empire Lobbies Back: How Big Cable Killed Competition in North Carolina

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

After a city in North Carolina built a Fiber-to-the-Home network competing with Time Warner Cable, the cable giant successfully lobbied to take that decision away from other cities. The city of Wilson’s decision and resulting network was recently examined in a case study by Todd O’Boyle and Christopher Mitchell titled Carolina’s Connected Community: Wilson Gives… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Energy | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jan 2, 2013

Is Your Utility Ready? New Report Says Local Solar Could Power 10% of Country in 10 Years

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/utility-ready-report-local-solar-power-10-country-10-years/

Minneapolis, MN —Within a decade, more than 35 million buildings may be generating their own solar electricity (without subsidies) at prices lower than their utility offers, sufficient to power almost 10% of the country.

That’s the powerful headline from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s latest report, Commercial Rooftop Revolution. Despite the opportunity, utilities, regulators, and policy markers are largely unprepared for the surge of local solar power.

Read the report, view the interactive map, and more

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 2, 2013

Best of 2012 Community Broadband Bits

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/best-2012-community-broadband-bits

I meant to post this over the Holiday Break but it fell through the cracks. So, at the beginning of 2013, here are some of our best moments from the 2012 Weekly Podcast, Community Broadband Bits. We want your feedback and suggestions for the show – please e-mail us or leave a comment below. Also,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Dec 27, 2012

Brown Bag on Proposed DC Waste-to-Energy Facility

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/brown-bag-proposed-dc-waste-to-energy-facility/

On January 3rd at Noon (1100 15th Street NW, 11th Floor) the DC Environmental Network will be convening our monthly brown-bag to discuss a possible new waste-to-energy conversion facility (possibly incineration) within the District of Columbia. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 26, 2012

How a Muni Network in The Dalles Led to a $600 million Data Center

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/how-muni-network-dalles-led-600-million-data-center

As I recently mentioned in my endorsement of Tubes by Andrew Blum, the book explains how a municipal fiber network helped to attract Google to town. Google sited its first “built-from-scratch data center” there, a $600 million investment according to Stephen Levy. According to Blum, it all started back in 2000 when the community got… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 24, 2012

Tubes Offers an Internet Tour

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/tubes-offers-internet-tour

If you have been trying to find a book that offers an engaging explanation of how the Internet physically works and the various networks interconnect, search no more. Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet by Andrew Blum has done it. The author was featured on Fresh Air way back in May, but… Continue reading