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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 15, 2014

California’s Reserve Fund Won’t Lift the FHFA Boot From PACE’s Neck

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/californias-pace-program-solve-fanniefreddie-problem/

Earlier this year, the state of California announced a $10 million loan-loss reserve to solve the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s severe restrictions on using property-tax based financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy on residential property. It’s a great concept, but evidence from on of California’s best property assessed clean energy (PACE) programs suggests the reserve… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 2 Comments | Updated on Jun 24, 2014

Ejecting the Power Line Foxes from the Electric Customer Henhouse

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/ejecting-power-line-foxes-electric-customer-henhouse/

The neighbors of the proposed Badger-Coulee high-voltage line in Wisconsin are like those in many other parts of the country, upset that their utility will construct 200-foot steel towers across their region and through their property (they have some other cogent arguments, too). They should be more than upset. In fact, all advocates of a… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 3, 2014

Understanding Title II and Network Neutrality – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #101

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/understanding-title-ii-and-network-neutrality-community-broadband-bits-podcast-101

With all of the recent media discussions around network neutrality, reclassification, and “Title II,” we decided to spend this week talking with Matt Wood, Policy Director for Free Press to simplify some key issues. For all the hub-bub around reclassification and dramatic claims that it represents some kind of fundamental policy shift, the truth is… Continue reading

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

Wheeler Tells Cable Industry He Intends to Remove Anti-Competitive State Laws

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/wheeler-tells-cable-industry-he-intends-remove-anti-competitive-state-laws

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is prepared to roll back restrictions that prevent local governments from deciding if a municipal network would be a wise investment. At the Cable Show Industry conference in Los Angeles, Wheeler told cable industry leaders the FCC will wield its powers to reduce state barriers on municipal networks. Wheeler spoke before… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 1, 2014

Ian Masters Interviews Christopher Mitchell on Background Briefing from Los Angeles

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/ian-masters-interviews-christopher-mitchell-background-briefing-los-angeles

Christopher Mitchell recently spoke with Ian Masters on the Background Briefing show from KPFK-FM in Los Angeles. Masters connected with Chris to discuss the increasing importance of community networks in light of recent court decisions: Network Neutrality and the court’s interpretation of section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. From the Background Briefing website: Then finally… Continue reading

Rule filed under Banking, Independent Business | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Apr 15, 2014

Access to Capital for Local Businesses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rule/financing-local-businesses/

A significant share of locally owned businesses are struggling to secure the financing they need to grow.  Our 2014 Independent Business Survey found that 42 percent of local businesses that needed a loan in the previous two years had been unable to obtain one.  Another survey by the National Small Business Association likewise found that 43… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 1, 2014

FCC Rural Broadband Workshop Video

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/fcc-rural-broadband-workshop-video

In case you missed it, you can still stream the FCC’s Rural Broadband Workshop. The announcement describes the event: The workshop will include an examination of the broadband needs of rural populations and the unique challenges of both broadband deployment and adoption in rural areas.  In addition, the discussion will highlight the economic, educational, and healthcare… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 10, 2014

GAO Report: Government Telecom Investments Help Local Businesses

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/gao-report-government-telecom-investments-help-local-businesses

The Government Accountability Office released a report today examining economic development and government-spurred broadband deployment. The report, titled Telecommunications: Federal Broadband Deployment Programs and Small Business looks at the effects of stimulus projects on opportunities for small business.  According to the press release: “GAO’s investigation confirms the success of the Recovery Act’s broadband programs,” said… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 15, 2014

Circuit Court to FCC: You Can Restore Local Authority to Build Community Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/circuit-court-fcc-you-can-restore-local-authority-build-community-networks

As we noted yesterday, the DC Circuit of Appeals has decided that the FCC does not have authority to implement its Open Internet (network neutrality) rules as proposed several years ago. But the court nonetheless found that the FCC does have some authority to regulate in the public interest, particularly when it comes to something… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Wade | No Comments | Updated on Dec 26, 2013

Planning for Phasing Out Incentives

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

Over the next decade, solar electricity will let consumers get cheaper energy from their rooftop than from their utility. Among the upheaval in the electricity system, the coming of solar “grid parity” means re-thinking incentives for solar energy. The success of solar is remarkable, no less because the amount of federal subsidy in absolute terms… Continue reading