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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 23, 2014

APPA Adopts Policy Resolution Supporting Municipal Broadband Services

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/appa-adopts-policy-resolution-supporting-municipal-broadband-services/

As the FCC considers its next move in the question of local telecommunications authority, a growing number of organizations are expressing their official support. The American Public Power Association (APPA) recently passed a resolution supporting the doctrine that local communities should not be precluded by states from investing in telecommunications infrastructure. The APPA official resolution,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 20, 2014

Local Leaders to Vote on State Preemption Resolution at U.S. Conference of Mayors

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/local-leaders-to-vote-on-state-preemption-resolution-at-u-s-conference-of-mayors/

The 82nd Annual Meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) will be voting on resolutions this weekend in Dallas. It’s time for you to call your Mayor and tell him or her to support Resolution #115 on Network Neutrality and restoring local authority on Internet infrastructure.  The Resolution (page 293 of the Resolutions… 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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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 11, 2014

“Localism Over Consolidation” Discussion Streaming from New America Foundation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/localism-over-consolidation-discussion-streaming-from-new-america-foundation/

If you missed Chris in D.C. at the New America Foundation on May 28th, you can still catch the action via the archived presentation. Chris joined Joanne Hovis, Will Aycock, and Catharine Rice to discuss “Localism Over Consolidation: An Exploration of Public Broadband Options.” New America Foundation writes: Today, more and more communities are thinking… Continue reading

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

Announcing: The Coalition for Local Internet Choice

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/announcing-coalition-local-internet-choice/

We are excited to announce a new effort to restore and preserve local decision-making authority when it comes to public private partnerships and Internet infrastructure investment. The Coalition for Local Internet Choice, CLIC, will work to ensure communities can make these decisions for themselves. Mission statement:   The Coalition for Local Internet Choice – CLIC –… 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 Jun 4, 2014

Webinar from the Blandin Foundation and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, June 12

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/webinar-from-the-blandin-foundation-and-the-institute-for-local-self-reliance-june-12/

The Blandin Foundation will be offering a webinar featuring Chris Mitchell from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance on Thursday, June 12 from 3 – 4 p.m. central time. The discussion, titled “Approaches for Local Governments to Expand Internet Access,” will include lessons learned from communities such as Lac qui Parle County, Windom, and several other… 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, 2014

Citizen Ownership Remains Foundation of German Renewable Energy Explosion

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/citizen-ownership-remains-foundation-german-renewable-energy-explosion/

I’ve been posting updates on local ownership of renewable energy in Germany since early 2011, and it’s abundantly clear that the Germans have yet to back down from their commitment to democratic, locally owned power. The following chart continues the series.  For explanation, click the previous link, but know that traditional electric utilities are contained… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | 1 Comment | Updated on May 19, 2014

Westminster Budgets for Open Access Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/westminster-budgets-for-open-access-fiber-network/

On Monday, May 12, Westminster moved another step closer to deploying its open access citywide fiber network in Maryland. The Common Council approved a FY15 budget that includes $6.3 million for an FTTH network. The Carroll County Times reported that the $64.8 million budget was adopted 5-1. The opposing Council Member voted no on a different issue. Last summer, the community… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on May 8, 2014

Local. 33% Renewable. And Lower Prices. Sonoma Clean Power “CCA” Launches.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/local-33-renewable-sonoma-clean-power-cca-launches/

Starting last week, 20,000 Sonoma County, CA, electricity customers will get more renewable power at a lower cost than from their previous utility, Pacific Gas & Electric. More of their $180 million in energy expenses will stay in the local economy. The portion of renewable electricity (“CleanStart”) for the average customer will rise by 50%…. Continue reading