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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

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 26, 2015

Public Private Partnerships: A Reality Check

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/public-private-partnerships-a-reality-check/

When Westminster, a community of 18,000 in rural Maryland, found itself with poor Internet access that incumbents refused to improve, it decided to join the ranks of a growing trend: public-private-partnerships between local governments and private companies to invest in next-generation Internet access. They are now working with Ting – one of a growing number of private… 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 Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 10, 2015

iTV-3 Increases Speeds for Free on UC2B Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/itv-3-increases-speeds-for-free-on-uc2b-network/

As the FCC works to update current policy to encourage ubiquitous Internet access and adoption, community networks are also taking an active role. Earlier this month, customers of iTV-3 received a boost in speed with no increase in price. iTV-3, a community minded local provider, chose to make the change in order to ensure all… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 21, 2015

Community Broadband Media Roundup – February 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-february-20/

Next week the FCC will make a landmark decision that will affect the future of community networks. Here’s a roundup of stories. Hate Your Internet Service Provider? You Should Have Feb. 26 Circled on Your Calendar by Daniel B. Kline, Motley Fool The state of city-run Internet by Allan Holmes, Center for Public Integrity The Center… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jun 10, 2014

Illinois’ Monticello Local Partnership Leads to Big Savings – Community Broadband Bits Episode 102

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/illinois-monticello-local-partnership-leads-to-big-savings-community-broadband-bits-episode-102/

Following up on Lisa’s in-depth story on Monticello, Illinois, we asked Vic Zimmerman to join us for episode 102 of the Community Broadband Bits. We talk about how rural Monticello started by reaching out to the existing service providers, only to be stalled for months and then years. Eventually they realized they would have to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 9, 2014

UC2B and Partner Bringing Fiber to More Urbana-Champaign Communities in Illinois

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/uc2b-and-partner-bringing-fiber-to-more-urbana-champaign-communities-in-illinois/

The UC2B Network and its partner, iTV-3, will soon bring gigabit capabilities to more people in the Champaign-Urbana community in Illinois. According to the UC2B press release [PDF], iTV-3 will expand existing fiber to areas of the community to serve residents and businesses. iTV-3 will take subscriptions for commercial and residential access online at www.theperfectupgrade.com…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 5, 2014

Monticello Public Partners Light Up Fiber in Illinois

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/monticello-public-partners-light-up-fiber-in-illinois/

Kids in the Monticello Community Unified School District #25 (CUSD #25) are now enjoying a new publicly owned fiber optic network. The School District is one of four public partners that collaborated to install the network and share the $306,000 in deployment costs. The City of Monticello, Piatt County, and the Allerton Public Library began… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on May 19, 2014

Midwest Solar Market: Hot or Not?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/midwest-solar-market-hot-not/

Is solar ready to boom in the Midwest, or does poor policy still stand in the way? This presentation by Institute for Local Self-Reliance Director of Democratic Energy John Farrell to the Midwest Solar Expo on May 16, 2014, explores the potential, the economics, and the policy needed to help solar power the Midwest. Download… Continue reading

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

City of Urbana Passes Resolution Supporting FCC Section 706 Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/city-of-urbana-passes-resolution-supporting-fcc-section-706-authority/

The Illinois community of Urbana, home of UC2B, recently passed a resolution in favor of FCC’s section 706 authority. The community’s fiber project is bridging the digital divide in this community of 41,000. On March 17, the City Council voted unanimously to support the FCC as it considers action to discourage, prevent, and remove state… Continue reading