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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Nov 19, 2012

Upcoming National Conference for Media Reform – Great Deal

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/upcoming-national-conference-media-reform-great-deal

Free Press is hosting the next National Conference for Media Reform (NCMR) in Denver, April 5-7. Though the panels are not finalized, it is safe to assume that we will have a few on broadband and telecommunications policy. That’s why I just registered for it and will undoubtedly be speaking on one or more sessions…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 19, 2012

ECFiber Customer Shares Her Story, Locally Owned Network Continues to Grow

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/ecfiber-customer-shares-her-story-locally-owned-network-continues-grow

Last year, we reported that ECFiber was in the process of connecting rural Vermont, with a focus on connecting those who had no access to broadband. In addition to large investments from a limited number of investors, local citizens began lending funds to expand the network.  In a recent open letter to the Governor, published in… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 16, 2012

Brunswick, Ohio, Uses County Fiber to Drive Economic Development

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/brunswick-ohio-uses-county-fiber-drive-economic-development

Last summer, Medina County Schools announced a savings of almost $90,000 a year by switching from Time Warner Cable to the new Medina County Fiber Network. Scheduled for completion in late November, the network consists of a 151-mile loop and will provide bandwidth to government facilities and businesses. The project is mostly funded by the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Nov 15, 2012

Community-Owned Transmission?

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

The enormous growth in local renewable energy is decentralizing the electricity system, often supplanting energy from centralized power plants.  But not all renewable energy is built locally, even in a country like Germany with massive local ownership of its renewable energy systems.  The Germans are undergoing significant upgrades to their electricity grid as they push… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Nov 15, 2012

Give to the Max Day!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/give-max-day

Today, November 15th, Minnesota non-profits join together for a 24-hour statewide day of giving. Donations made to ILSR during the 2012 Give to the Max Day will enter all of our donors into a pool that could result in a bonus donation being added to our totals. You can donate here. All of our Community… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under General | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Nov 14, 2012

Seeking a Director of Strategy and Development

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

We are expanding our team and are looking for an energetic individual passionate about ILSR’s mission to serve as Director of Strategy and Development.  This is a great opportunity for an experienced fundraiser and nonprofit leader to help ILSR grow and develop new strategies during an important time. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 14, 2012

MAG-Net Digital Dialogue on Community Broadband and Local Economies

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/mag-net-digital-dialogue-community-broadband-and-local-economies

In October, Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net), hosted the panel discussion Community Broadband as a Path to Thriving Local Economies and Neighborhood Development as part of their Digital Dialogue series. As you may remember, our Christopher Mitchell was scheduled to participate. While Chris very much was looking forward to the opportinty to present, Delta Airlines… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Nov 14, 2012

Clean Break Inspires Americans to Pursue “Energy Change”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/clean-break-inspires-americans-pursue-energy-change/

Friend and renewable energy journalist Osha Gray Davidson released a book today called Clean Break, detailing the German Energiewende (translation: energy change).  It’s a story of how the Germans systematically shifted to clean energy, finding as they proceeded that the possibilities were greater, the costs lower, and the benefits for ordinary citizens more prodigious than… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Deconstruction, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | 2 Comments | Updated on Nov 13, 2012

Creating Jobs and Saving Money through Reuse – A Deconstruction Case Study

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/westmoreland-deconstruction-case-study/

The joint venture between Westmoreland Community Action (WCA), Greensburg, PA, and The ReUse People (TRP), Oakland, CA, completes a circle begun over a decade ago when HHS engaged ILSR to explore the feasibility of building deconstruction as a community development tool. The ILSR technical assistance work that followed led to the start up and expansion of numerous deconstruction companies and projects. As advisor to TRP, ILSR suggested that WCA would be a suitable partner as TRP expanded from its base in CA to nine additional sites throughout the U.S. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Nov 13, 2012

Community Broadband Bits 21 – Benoit Felten on Stokab

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-bits-21-benoit-felten-stokab

For this week’s Community Broadband Bits, we venture outside the U.S. to interview Benoit Felten of Diffraction Analysis about the Stokab muni fiber network in Stockholm, Sweden. Stokab appears to be the most successful open access fiber network in the world. Benoit has just published a case study of Stokab and is an expert on… Continue reading