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Article filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 20, 2014

Fiber Infrastructure Helping Turn San Leandro into Tech Hub

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/fiber-infrastructure-helping-turn-san-leandro-tech-hub

San Leandro, a Bay Area city of about 85,000 bordering Oakland, is in the news for its fiber optic infrastructure policies. A recent article in the San Jose Mercury News describes how this post-industrial city is turning itself into a center for tech jobs and investment through cheap rents, streamlined permitting, and the ease and… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 2, 2014

Conduit Policy the Foundation for Affordable Gig Service in the Bay Area

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/conduit-policy-foundation-affordable-gig-service-bay-area

Smart conduit policy, implemented in 1999, is now paying off in Brentwood. The Bay Area community of 52,000 recently reached an agreement with Sonic.net to bring fiber to the community via city-owned conduit. The partners anticipate a fall 2015 project completion. The City requires all new development be constructed with conduit to the premise via… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 6 Comments | Updated on Jun 13, 2014

California’s AB 2145 Undermines Clean Energy, Local Economies, and Majority Rule

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/californias-ab-2145-undermines-clean-energy-local-economies-majority-rule/

A powerful law in six states gives communities the power to choose their energy suppliers and direct their energy dollars toward local energy production. Two of the most prominent examples of this policy in action are in California, Marin Clean Energy and Sonoma Clean Power, and they’re offering electric customers better pricing with much more… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 5, 2014

Same Price, More Renewables. San Diego’s Fight for Community Choice – Episode 23 of Local Energy Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/price-renewables-san-diegos-fight-community-choice-episode-23-local-energy-rules/

“San Diego and its community choice energy district would be able to offer a diverse energy mix with all of the solar, biodiesel, biogas, and energy storage resources that we have in San Diego.  A product that is price competitive and yet at the same time would strive for and achieve a higher level of… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 27, 2014

“We Should Build A Muni In Vallejo”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/we-should-build-muni-vallejo

The Times Herald in Vallejo posted a letter to the editor in early May from Chris Platzer; we want to share it with our readers. There are approximately 115,000 people in Vallejo and people like Platzer are looking for ways to better connectivity options. In the article, Platzer suggests his community take advantage of several… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on May 1, 2014

One City Utility is Carbon Neutral, Today – Episode 21 of Local Energy Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/city-utility-carbon-neutral-today-episode-21-local-energy-rules/

It’s one thing to own your utility and have a commitment to renewable energy, but it’s another thing to deliver. The municipal utility in Palo Alto, CA, set an ambitious target of 33% renewable energy by 2015 and to ultimately deliver a carbon neutral electricity supply. They will reach 48% renewable power in 2017 and… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 3, 2014

The Leading Community Energy Aggregator – Episode 19 of Local Energy Rules

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/leading-community-energy-aggregator-episode-19-local-energy-rules/

Community choice aggregation describes a situation where a town can become the bulk buyer of electricity on behalf of its residential and small business customers. Such local aggregations serve about 5% of utility customers in Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and California, but it’s Marin Clean Energy in California that stands above the crowd for… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 18, 2014

Exploring Santa Monica’s Incremental Fiber Approach – Community Broadband Bits Episode 90

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/exploring-santa-monicas-incremental-fiber-approach-community-broadband-bits-episode-90

Just a few weeks after releasing our case study of Santa Monica’s City Net, we have an opportunity to interview Jory Wolf, CIO of Santa Monica, and the chief driver of City Net. This is episode #90 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast. We talk about how City Net got its start with a smart… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 7, 2014

Richmond Neighborhood Gets Free Wi-Fi in California

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/richmond-neighborhood-gets-free-wi-fi-california

Residents in the Iron Triangle neighborhood of Richmond are now receiving free Wi-Fi as part of a new pilot program. The pilot, sponsored by Building Blocks for Kids (BBK), hopes to make Internet access widely available to the many local families who cannot afford it. New towers have been placed on local homes to extend… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Mar 5, 2014

Faulty Study Ignores Small Business Benefits

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/bogus-chain-store-study-ignores-small-business-benefits/

Last month, San Francisco’s Office of Economic Analysis issued a new study concluding that the city’s policy restricting the spread of chain stores is harming the local economy. But the OEA’s sweeping conclusion rests on bad data and a deeply flawed analysis that misses many of the benefits of independent business. In this article for the San Francisco Bay Guardian, we detail exactly how the study gets it wrong. Continue reading