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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 16, 2015

Solar for All: An Article of Faith – Episode 26 of Local Energy Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/solar-for-all-an-article-of-faith-episode-26-of-local-energy-rules/

Minnesota’s community solar garden program may be the envy of the nation — once the utility’s stall tactics have been stopped — but it needs a little help to fulfill the vision of bringing solar to all. That’s where Julia Nerbonne, executive director of Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light, comes in. In June 2015, John… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 22, 2015

Unanswered Questions about the Public Rooftop Revolution

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/unanswered-questions-about-the-public-rooftop-revolution/

At the beginning of June 2015, ILSR released its Public Rooftop Revolution report, which described how cities across the nation put the shine on municipal rooftops with more than 5,000 MW of solar. That 5,000 MW is as much as one-quarter of all solar installed in the U.S. to date — and many cities could… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 3, 2015

Kansas City’s Royal Effort to Solarize City Rooftops – Episode 25 of Local Energy Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/kansas-citys-royal-effort-to-solarize-city-rooftops/

Kansas City, MO, has neither the abundant sunshine nor high cost of electricity that have driven solar installations in other cities. Despite this, the city has close to 1.5 MW of solar in 59 separate installations on municipal properties. Thanks to utility rebates, two department leaders, and a unique opportunity that allowed it to access… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 2, 2015

Duking It Out Over Municipal Solar in Raleigh – Episode 24 of Local Energy Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/duking-it-out-over-municipal-solar-in-raleigh/

There aren’t many solar success stories from the Southeast, making Raleigh, NC, stand out in a region with low-cost electricity and modest sunshine. With just over 2 megawatts of solar on public property––providing close to 7% of municipal building peak demand––Raleigh’s solar success comes despite state rules preventing city from buying electricity from any non-utility… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 18, 2015

Center for Public Integrity and Reveal Radio Get Into the Trenches of Local Choice

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/center-for-public-integrity-and-reveal-radio-get-into-the-trenches-of-local-choice/

The Center for Public Integrity has followed the local choice debate closely. Their team has travelled to Tennessee and North Carolina to talk to lawmakers, visited communities seeking high-speed networks, and dug deep into the source of influential campaign funds. Allan Holmes and his team have assembled a collection of articles and audio that offers… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 17, 2015

Bozeman’s Public-Private Approach In-Depth – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 142

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/bozemans-public-private-approach-in-depth-community-broadband-bits-podcast-142/

In Montana, local businesses and the city of Bozeman have been working on a public-private partnership approach to expanding Internet access that is likely to involve the city building an open access fiber network. We discuss their approach this week with Brit Fontenot, Economic Development Director for the city of Bozeman; David Fine, Bozeman Economic… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Mar 14, 2015

Occupy Radio Interviews Chris: Community Broadband is the Next Internet Battle

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/occupy-radio-interviews-chris-community-broadband-is-the-next-internet-battle/

Ready … set … get local net! Chris recently spoke to OEMG Occupy Radio about the hundreds of community broadband networks providing some of the best Internet service in the country. He encouraged citizens to look at municipal ownership, cooperative ownership, or non-profit models.  Listen to the conversation below. Chris’s segment begins at 11:55. Enjoy! Occupyeugenemedia.org describes… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 10, 2015

Reaction to the FCC Decisions, Dissent, and Next Steps – Community Broadband Bits Episode 141

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/reaction-to-the-fcc-decisions-dissent-and-next-steps-community-broadband-bits-episode-141/

After the FCC decisions to remove barriers to community networks and to reclassify Internet access as a Title II service to enforce network neutrality rules, Lisa and I spend some time discussing the decision and reactions to it. We also discuss my presentation at Freedom to Connect, where I offer some thoughts on what communities… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 3, 2015

Rural Electric Co-Mo Coop Goes Gig – Community Broadband Bits Episode 140

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rural-electric-co-mo-coop-goes-gig-community-broadband-bits-episode-140/

As high quality Internet has become more essential for business and quality of life, those who realized that the existing telecom providers had no intention to invest in better connections in their rural Missouri communities began to ask their electric cooperative – Co-Mo – to step up and do it. This week, we talk with… Continue reading

filed under General | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 24, 2015

Mesa’s Focus on Dig Once and Fiber Leases Pays Off – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 139

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/mesas-focus-on-dig-once-and-fiber-leases-pays-off-community-broadband-bits-podcast-139/

Arizona’s city of Mesa is one of the largest communities in the nation to benefit from the city taking role in ensuring conduit and fiber are available throughout the area. This week we talk wi… Continue reading