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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 19, 2013

Monticello Fiber Price War Offers Key Lessons for Broadband Competition

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/monticello-fiber-price-war-offers-key-lessons-broadband-competition

Monticello Minnesota may be located 40 miles outside Minneapolis, but it is the center of the planet when it comes to FTTH competition. We have tried and cannot identify another community localed on planet earth with two separate FTTH networks going head to head across the entire community. We have long written about Monticello, most… Continue reading

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Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Sep 17, 2013

Indie Revival

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

Presentation given by Stacy Mitchell at the Alliance of Independent Media Stores conference in Atlanta on September 12, 2013. Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Sep 16, 2013

Utility Agrees: (Their) Solar Should Supplant Natural Gas

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/utility-agrees-their-solar-supplant-natural-gas/

Five months ago, one of the country’s ten largest electric utilities told regulators in Minnesota that it needed three new natural gas power plants to handle peak energy demand.  This week, the same company’s Colorado division announced plans to use more solar power because it is cost competitive with gas. Maybe they need a memo… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Sep 13, 2013

Utility Shocked to Find It’s Already Dead

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

There’s an increasingly shrill discussion among utilities (and from their own Edison Electric Institute) about the threat to their business from distributed energy, as their customers shift to getting their own power from local renewable resources.  Reports and news stories – e.g. “Adapt or Die” – suggest changes to the business model are imminent as… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 9, 2013

Well Worth Watching: The Internet Must Go

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/well-worth-watching-internet-must-go

The Internet Must Go is a fun look at a serious topic: how big cable and telephone companies are trying to make us pay more for less access to the Internet. Please watch and share! Video:  Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 27, 2013

Prometheus Joins Us to Discuss Community Radio and Internet – Community Broadband Bits Episode 61

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/prometheus-joins-us-discuss-community-radio-and-internet-community-broadband-bits-episode-61

The Prometheus Radio Project is an impressive grassroots organization that has successfully opened the radio airwaves to communities after big corporations had effectively locked up unused radio channel for years. Prometheus Policy Director Sanjay Jolly joins us for Episode #61 of our Community Broadband Bits podcast. Our conversation ranges from the recent history of pirate… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 26, 2013

Relative Energy Efficiency of Residential Building Energy Codes [Chart]

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/relative-energy-efficiency-residential-building-energy-codes-chart/

Update 9/3/13: Environmental groups and home builders associations may have just reached an historic agreement on building codes, focusing on improving efficiency through a performance based measure (the Home Energy Rating System) instead of the prescriptive IECC codes. The upshot is a 20% improvement over the 2012 IECC code within two years by allowing builders… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 16, 2013

Book Review: Garbology – Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/book-review-garbology-dirty-love-affair-trash/

ILSR president, Neil Seldman, reviews a recent book by Pulitzer Prize-wining writer, Edward Humes, titled “Garbology.” Humes wisely observes, recycling is America’s last line of defense against waste, when it should be the last. His book contains an excellent concise history of how the US became addicted to garbage and the socioeconomic and environmental dilemmas of today. It also introduces us to extraordinary individual activists and entrepreneurs attempting to solve problems, and provides useful summary charts and tables to further inform readers. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 9, 2013

We Need Video Reform, Let D.C. Know What You Think

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/we-need-video-reform-let-dc-know-what-you-think

Time Warner Cable subscribers across the country who enjoy CBS programming are out of luck. The two media giants have reached an impasse in their fight over retransmission consent so several major markets are now missing out. CBS has also taken the fight one step farther, blocking TWC broadband subscribers from accessing CBS.com video content…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 30, 2013

Jim Baller Discusses Municipal Broadband History – Community Broadband Bits Episode #57

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/jim-baller-discusses-municipal-broadband-history-community-broadband-bits-episode-57

Jim Baller has been helping local governments to build community owned networks for as long as they have been building them. He is the President of and Senior Principal of the Baller Herbst Law Group in Washington, DC. Jim joins us for Episode #57 of the Community Broadband Bits[/glossary] podcast to discuss some of the… Continue reading