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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States, newenergy | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 21, 2015

Is Socialism What’s Stopping a Fair Value for Solar?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/is-socialism-whats-stopping-a-fair-value-for-solar/

Complete nonsense. The most socialistic thing I’ve ever heard. That’s just two quotes from a value of solar conversation between ILSR’s John Farrell and Karl Rábago of the Pace Energy and Climate Center that took place online on July 8, 2015. More and more people are installing solar, significantly reducing their purchase of electricity from… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 12, 2015

Dear Hawaii: Read Your Mail Before Your Utility Sells Out

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/dear-hawaii-read-your-mail-before-your-utility-sells-out/

If your electricity—generated from imported oil—is the most expensive in the country and your solar resource is terrific, you’d expect your electric company to be making great strides toward renewable energy. On Hawai’i, the progress toward clean energy is in limbo, because island’s largest electric utility—largely owned by islanders—is likely to be acquired by mainland… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 30, 2015

Somebody Wants Something: Getting the Most from a Proposed Takeover of Hawaiian Electric Company

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/somebody-wants-something-getting-the-most-from-a-proposed-takeover-of-hawaiian-electric-company/

If your electricity—generated from imported oil—is the most expensive in the country and your solar resource is terrific, you’d expect your electric company to be making great strides toward renewable energy. On Hawai’i, the progress toward clean energy is in limbo, because island’s largest electric utility—largely owned by islanders—is likely to be acquired by mainland… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 20, 2015

The Other Side of Network Neutrality – Content Neutrality

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

We are pleased to bring you a guest post from Levi C. Maaia, president of Full Channel Labs and a graduate research fellow at the Center for Education Research on Literacies, Learning & Inquiry in Networking Communities (LINC) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Levi is a strong advocate for local, family owned businesses… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 11, 2015

International Media Covering NextLight Strides in Longmont

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/international-media-covering-nextlight-strides-in-longmont/

Longmont’s NextLight is well known in the municipal networks space; now other media markets are starting to notice the most recent network in the Centennial State. CCTV America profiled the network recently, highlighting its importance to local businesses. CCTV spoke with a local tech business owner who had recently connected to the municipal network: Jon… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 8, 2015

Co-Mo Cooperative: Bringing Some of the Fastest Speeds in the Nation to Rural Missouri

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/co-mo-cooperative-bringing-some-of-the-fastest-speeds-in-the-nation-to-rural-missouri/

Co-Mo Cooperative and the Co-Mo Connect Board of Directors recently voted to proceed with the final phases of its gigabit FTTH project. The decision assures the plan to bring to triple-play to all Co-Mo members by the end of 2016. We checked in on Co-Mo about a year ago, when the cooperative announced it would… Continue reading

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

Republican Tennessee Leader Endorses Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/republican-tennessee-leader-endorses-local-authority/

Republican State Senator Janice Bowling from Tennessee is once again speaking out in favor of local telecommunications authority. On Monday, she published an op-ed in the Tennessean titled “Don’t limit high-speed broadband to big cities,” noting that rural communities often have no choice but to build their own infrastructure to obtain fast, reliable, affordable Internet… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Feb 23, 2015

Rochester Pursues Business Case Study for Muni Network in Minnesota

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/rochester-pursues-business-case-study-for-muni-network-in-minnesota/

The Rochester City Council recently voted unanimously to move forward with a study on the possibilities of publicly owned broadband in this southeastern city. Rochester will then decide whether to move forward with bids to form a public-private partnership for a network, or pursue another path. After receiving dozens of calls from his constituents, City… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Dec 4, 2014

“Ask Us Anything” on Organizing for a Fiber Network Ready For Viewing

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/ask-anything-organizing-fiber-network-webinar/

On November 5th, we opened up the lines of communication for our first “Ask Us Anything: An Open Talk on Muni Networks” event. That event is now available on our YouTube Channel. We find many communities and their citizens are interested in exploring municipal networks as a possible method to improve connectivity but don’t know… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Dec 2, 2014

Chris Mitchell Presents in Brussels on the State of Fiber in the U.S.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/state-broadband-united-states-mitchell-brussels-fiber/

Chris was recently invited to present in Brussels on the experience of U.S. cities and fiber optic investment. The event was organized by the Swedish Association of Local Authorities (SALAR) and Stokab (The City of Stockholm IT infrastructure company). Mitchell gave an overview of the situation in the US and described the difficulties of getting high-capacity broadband,… Continue reading