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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 27, 2012

Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Next Town to Consider Fiber Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/tahlequah-oklahoma-next-town-consider-fiber-network

Tahlequah, Oklahoma, far on the eastern side of the state, recently decided to investigate the possibility of building a new network. On June 15th, the Tahlequah Public Works Authority Board approved the financing of a feasibility study on the options. According to Rob W. Anderson’s Tahlequah Daily Press article: “We budgeted $40,000 for this, and… Continue reading

Solar Shifts Peak Demand for the Electric Grid
Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Jun 27, 2012

Four Charts Provide Distributed Solar Lessons from California

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/charts-provide-distributed-solar-lessons-california/

A new study for the California Public Utilities Commission explores the “Technical Potential for Local Distributed Photovoltaics in California.”  Basically, it’s one of the more in-depth analyses of local solar power in the country, suggesting that California has the capacity to add 15 gigawatts (GW) of local solar (20 megawatts and smaller) to its grid… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 27, 2012

Community Broadband Bits 2 – Wired West Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-bits-2-wired-west-podcast

In our second podcast, we have interviewed Monica Webb with the Wired West Initiative in rural western Massachusetts. Like our first podcast, this should be an excellent resource for those who are still in the early stages of community broadband and seeking ideas or inspiration. We continue to be interested in your feedback and suggestions… Continue reading

Sungevity's Solar Powered Popsicle Truck
Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by admin | 1 Comment | Updated on Jun 25, 2012

What Is Holding Back Solar Feed-In-Tariff Programs In The U.S. Market?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/holding-solar-feed-in-tariff-programs-u-s-market/

Solar Industry Magazine, June 21, 2012 Feed-in tariffs (FITs) have spurred the installation of more than three-quarters of global solar capacity. Germany’s FIT – perhaps one of the best-known programs – has led to the development of more than 50,000 MW of solar power and wind power domestically since its inception in 1990. But despite… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 25, 2012

Speedtests, SamKnows, and Fantasy vs. Reality at the FCC

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/speedtests-samknows-and-fantasy-vs-reality-fcc

Far too many people seem to think that when they go to Speedtest.net to test their connection, they get a number that has any bearing on reality. For most of us, it simply doesn’t. This is true of other large tools for measuring connections. And it has important policy implications because the FCC contracted with… Continue reading

Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Jun 25, 2012

You Can Fight City Hall

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

Dear Mayor Bloomberg, Recently, you generously gave over $50 million to the Sierra Club to work on reducing the use of coal for energy based on environmental concerns.  At the same you have announced a policy of building garbage incinerators in NYC.  There is a contradiction here, as burning garbage pollutes far more than burning… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 23, 2012

Christopher Talks with Santa Cruz’s KSCO 1080 AM

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/christopher-talks-santa-cruzs-ksco-1080-am

Michael Zwerling, of Santa Cruz’s KSCO 1080 AM, was looking for an expert on broadband so he contacted our own Christopher Mitchell. The June 2 conversation involved questions from Michael, his co-host, and listeners and covered municipal and community broadband, accessibility, WiFi networks, and more. The interview runs about 1 hour.   Interview-KSCO.mp3 Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jun 22, 2012

“We’re not going to attack the people who have been there for us.”

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

Every June the Campaign for America’s Future hosts the well-attended and content-rich Take Back America Conference in Washington, D.C. This year Van Jones, one of the most dynamic speakers in America, with a list of accomplishments long enough that I’ll simply refer you to Wikipedia, delivered an inspiring Keynote Address in which he offered his… Continue reading

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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