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Article filed under Energy | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jun 22, 2015

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of June 19, 2015

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/democratic-energy-media-roundup-week-of-june-19-2015/

This week in Democratic Energy: Hawaii’s solar ranking drops Florida solar initiative faces pushback Battles over fixed charges proliferate across Midwest in wake of Wisconsin cases Featured Stories The U.S. solar industry is shifting toward consumers by  Katie Fehrenbacher, Fortune The opening of the urban commons by Greg Kats, GreenBiz The opening of the urban commons… Continue reading

ILSR Press Room filed under Energy | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jun 1, 2015

Press Release: Public Rooftop Revolution

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 1, 2015 CONTACT: Rebecca Toews rebecca@ILSR.org (612) 808-0689 Public Rooftop Revolution In Public Rooftop Revolution, ILSR estimates that mid-sized cities could install as much as 5,000 megawatts of solar—as much as one-quarter of all solar installed in the U.S. to date—on municipal property, with little to no upfront cash.   Solar energy is in the… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jun 1, 2015

Public Rooftop Revolution Report

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

There are a lot of stories on residential rooftop solar but few if any on what cities are doing to make themselves energy self-reliant by using their own buildings and lands to generate power. In Public Rooftop Revolution, ILSR estimates that mid-sized cities could install as much as 5,000 megawatts of solar—as much as one-quarter… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Mar 30, 2015

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of March 27, 2015

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/democratic-energy-media-roundup-week-of-march-27-2015/

This week in Democratic Energy: Why homeowners may want to think twice before leasing solar panels How Germany’s solar success shines — even through solar eclipse New Solar ownership program could be key to distributed local energy surge Find out which Texas city is set to completely embrace clean power! Featured Stories Leased solar panels can… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Mar 22, 2015

Community Broadband Media Roundup – March 20

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/community-broadband-media-roundup-march-20-2/

FCC Outlines Plan To Crush Awful State Protectionist Broadband Laws: from the it’s-about-time dept by Karl Bode, Tech Dirt While net neutrality rules are designed to protect consumers from a lack of last-mile competition, the agency’s moves on municipal broadband are intended to actually strike at the issue of limited competition at the root. As we’ve… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 11, 2015

International Media Covering NextLight Strides in Longmont

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/international-media-covering-nextlight-strides-in-longmont/

Longmont’s NextLight is well known in the municipal networks space; now other media markets are starting to notice the most recent network in the Centennial State. CCTV America profiled the network recently, highlighting its importance to local businesses. CCTV spoke with a local tech business owner who had recently connected to the municipal network: Jon… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 17, 2015

Boulder Uses New Found Authority to Offer Free Wi-Fi

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/boulder-uses-new-found-authority-to-offer-free-wi-fi/

Just two months after voters passed ballot measure 2C, the City of Boulder is solidifying plans to offer free Wi-Fi throughout the downtown Civic Area, reports the Boulder Daily Camera. Boulder was one of several Colorado communities that reclaimed local authority last fall. They had no specific project planned but knew they needed to create… Continue reading

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

Rural Colorado Internet Access and Mountain Connect – Community Broadband Bits Episode 137

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rural-colorado-internet-access-and-mountain-connect-community-broadband-bits-episode-137/

Last year was the first year I attended Mountain Connect, an event in the Rockies west of Denver that discusses approaches to improving Internet access. Historically, they focused on rural communities but as co-chair of the event Jeff Gavlinski notes in our discussion this week, they are expanding it to include more urban issues as… Continue reading

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

Rural Colorado Internet Access and Mountain Connect – Community Broadband Bits Episode 137

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rural-colorado-internet-access-and-mountain-connect-community-broadband-bits-episode-137-2/

Last year was the first year I attended Mountain Connect, an event in the Rockies west of Denver that discusses approaches to improving Internet access. Historically, they focused on rural communities but as co-chair of the event Jeff Gavlinski notes in our discussion this week, they are expanding it to include more urban issues as… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 8, 2015

Community Broadband Media Roundup – February 1

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/community-broadband-media-roundup-february-1/

The mayors of 38 US cities came out this week to let the FCC know they want the authority to build high speed Internet networks. Jon Gold with Network World covered the story and reminded readers of the more heavy-handed tactics of our Comcast and TWC.  Three U.S. senators introduced a Community Broadband Act this week…. Continue reading