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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 7, 2014

Can PUCs Lead on Distributed Renewable Energy?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/pucs-lead-distributed-renewable-energy/

If you’re like most renewable energy advocates that have interacted with a Public Utilities Commission, you probably don’t think they’re a repository of progressive policy toward distributed renewable energy.  In general, you’re right. But it’s worth sharing a few, promising examples of Public Utilities Commissions around the U.S. that are actually making things better for… 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 Christopher | No Comments | Updated on May 6, 2014

Bill Moyers on Network Neutrality and Threat from Comcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/bill-moyers-network-neutrality-and-threat-comcast

Bill Moyers has returned to again discuss Network Neutrality with guests Susan Crawford and David Carr from the New York Times. The show is embedded below and well worth watching, especially toward the end as Bill reveals the revolving-door between the top levels of the Federal Communication Commission and industry lobbyists. During the show, they… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Apr 30, 2014

Michael Powell said What?? Why Everyone Should Ignore the Cable Lobby

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/michael-powell-said-what-why-everyone-should-ignore-cable-lobby

Stop and think for a second. Would you regard the electricity grid and water system as an abysmal failure or success? If you are lobbying for cable companies in DC, you apparently think they are monumental failures. Michael Powell, former Chairman of the FCC must be dizzy after his trip through the revolving door on… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Mar 26, 2014

Energy Storage: The Next Charge for Distributed Energy

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

Update 5/2/14: titles for Fig. 2 and 3 in the report were mistakenly switched and are now corrected.   Energy storage promises to change the electricity system during the next decade, as fundamentally as distributed renewable energy has in the last decade. A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Energy Storage: The Next… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 11, 2014

History of the Quickly Subverted 1996 Telecommunications Act – Community Broadband Bits Episode 89

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/history-quickly-subverted-1996-telecommunications-act-community-broadband-bits-episode-89

If all had gone according to the plan behind the 1996 Telecommunications Act, we would have lots of competition among Internet service providers, not just cable and DSL but other technologies as well. Alas, the competing technologies never really appeared and various incarnations of the FCC effectively gutted the common carriage requirements at the heart… Continue reading

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

Big Incumbents At It Again In Kentucky; Mimi Pickering in the Richmond Register

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/big-incumbents-it-again-kentucky-mimi-pickering-richmond-register

Yet again, lobbyists from AT&T, Windstream, and Cincinnati Bell are lobbying state elected officials under the false guise of improving communications in Kentucky. In a Richmond Register opinion piece, Mimi Pickering from the Rural Broadband Policy Group revealed the practical consequences of Senate Bill 99. Republican Senator Paul Hornback is once again the lead sponsor on… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 19, 2014

FCC to Investigate Barriers to Community Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/fcc-investigate-barriers-community-networks

We are supportive of the announcement today from the Federal Communications Commission. We salute the FCC for beginning to examine how state level barriers against municipal networks deter investment in the networks both communities and the nation desperately need. From the statement: The Commission will look for opportunities to enhance Internet access competition. One obvious… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 15, 2014

Susan Crawford on National Public Radio

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/susan-crawford-national-public-radio

“Unless somebody in the system has industrial policy in mind, a long-term picture of where the United States needs to be and has the political power to act on it, we’ll be a Third World country when it comes to communications.” Susan Crawford recently spoke with Dave Davies on NPR’s FreshAir. During the conversation Crawford… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 11, 2013

Webinar on IP Transition from Public Knowledge and Center for Media Justice

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/webinar-ip-transition-public-knowledge-and-center-media-justice

Public Knowledge and the Center for Media Justice have an eye on the transition from traditional copper landline telephone service to Internet-protocol services. As we move forward, both organizations continue to educate citizens on telecommunications policy and how it can affect us. On December 12, at 2:00 p.m. EST, both groups will collaborate for a… Continue reading