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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 4, 2012

Initial Comcast Response to Sandy As Bad as Can Be Expected

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/initial-comcast-response-sandy-bad-can-be-expected

We recently came across a post by Seth Clifford, a blogger whose parents’ house in New Jersey was ravaged by Hurricane Sandy and is still in danger. In this time of climate change, when humans no longer know waht to expect from Mother Earth, it can be comforting to have a few solid truths on… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 4, 2012

Fire Guts His Apartment, Verizon Demands $2,300 NOW

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/fire-guts-his-apartment-verizon-demands-2300-now

When we hear the news of a tornado, fire, flood or other natural disaster, most of us feel empathy for victims whose lives are disrupted by loss and upheaval.  But AT&T, Comcast, Charter, and CableOne have all been criticized for their callous behavior in the wake of disasters. Now we can add Verizon to the list…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 2, 2012

Poulsbo, Washington Begins Free Wireless Internet Pilot Project

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/poulsbo-washington-begins-free-wireless-internet-pilot-project

Poulsbo, Washington, home to around 9,200 residents of Kitsap County, recently became the location of an “exercise in democracy” pilot project. Amy Phan of the Kitsap Sun, reports that the town is now home to a superfast wireless hotspot made possible by a new antenna installation courtesy of the the Kitsap Public Utility District (KPUD)…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Nov 1, 2012

Chesapeake Compost Company Opens MD’s Largest Indoor Compost Facility

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/ccc-opens-compost-facility/

Chesapeake Compost Company (CCC) has started operating in the Curtis Bay section of Baltimore as of October 1. The company will process 180 tons per week of separated discard food and 180 tons per week of wood chips into finished compost delivered to the 54,000 square foot facility by local businesses and institutions. The facility… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 1, 2012

Gigabit Nation Interview with Frank Caruso of Kutztown, PA

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/gigabit-nation-interview-frank-caruso-kutztown-pa

The Burough of Kutztown, Pennsylvania, with a year-round population around 5,500 that is swelled by Kutztown University, has been on the community broadband map for 10 years. In this informative Gigabit Nation interview, Craig Settles visits with Frank Caruso, IT Director for the Burough of Kutztown. The interview is embedded below and runs approximately one… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Nov 1, 2012

The Missing Piece in the Clean Local Energy Transformation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/missing-piece-clean-local-energy-transformation/

A presentation by ILSR Senior Researcher John Farrell explores how decentralized biogas production could provide a key piece of the future, renewable electricity system.  Given Oct. 29, 2012, in St. Louis to the Biocycle Annual Conference. The Missing Piece in Clean Local Energy from John Farrell   Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 2 Comments | Updated on Oct 31, 2012

What Utilities Can Do for Distributed Solar

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

Last week the Minnesota Public Utility Commission had a rare live public comment period on Xcel Energy’s long term planning process (called an Integrated Resource Plan).  At the urging of several fellow clean energy advocates, I gave my 3 minute testimony about the enormous gulf between Xcel’s 10-year plan for solar power and the solar… Continue reading

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Article filed under Deconstruction, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Oct 31, 2012

Working Partner Update: BMRA Decon’13 Call for Presentations

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/bmra-decon13-presentations/

The Building Materials Reuse Association (BMRA), a longtime Waste to Wealth partner, will hold it’s annual deconstruction conference from April 29 – May 1, 2013, at the Seattle Center in Washington.  The 2013 DECON conference is accepting presentation and session proposals through December 15, 2012. For its upcoming conference, BMRA is “looking for state-of-the-art and… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 31, 2012

Crawford Identifies Historic Parallel Between Electricity and Fiber

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/crawford-identifies-historic-parallel-between-electricity-and-fiber

Susan Crawford recently wrote for the Blog of the Roosevelt Institute, where she spent the last year as a Fellow. She draws on the history of electrification to remind us that the impasse we have in expanding great access to the Internet to everyone is not a novel problem. Crawford emphasizes the similarities between the… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 30, 2012

Sandy and the Importance of Government

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

If this election is a referendum on the benefit of government then superstorm Sandy should be Exhibit A for the affirmative. The government weather service, using data from government weather satellites delivered a remarkably accurate and sobering long range forecast that both catalyzed action and gave communities sufficient time to prepare. Those visually stunning maps… Continue reading