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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 22, 2012

Tacoma’s Click! Introduces 100 Mbps; CenturyLink Lies to Steal Click! Business

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/tacomas-click-introduces-100-mbps-centurylink-lies-steal-click-business

We have watched Tacoma’s Click! Network for years, sharing its advances and benefits with you. The latest achievement in Tacoma is a new option for customers – 100 Mbps. The network is a division of Tacoma Power, which has been  providing electricity to the community for over 100 years. The municipal utility upgraded recently to… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 4 Comments | Updated on Aug 22, 2012

Hawaiian Sunblock: A Presentation on the Barriers to Low Cost Solar

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/hawaiian-sunblock-presentation-barriers-cost-solar/

This presentation by ILSR Senior Researcher John Farrell explains how – despite solar power that is cheaper than grid electricity – Hawaii homes and businesses still encounter barriers to going solar. You can also download the full report in PDF, for Kindle, or for your Apple iDevice and sign up for updates on ILSR’s energy… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 22, 2012

Upcoming Events Discussing Community Networks

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

We want to alert readers to some upcoming events that will discuss community broadband networks. The first will be most interesting to those who are attending the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC) conference in Minneapolis from September 6-8. On Saturday, September 8, Christopher Mitchell will join a panel entitled “Digital Frontiers: Copryright,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 21, 2012

Unions and DSL Customers: Verizon Knocks Out Two Birds With One Stone

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/unions-and-dsl-customers-verizon-knocks-out-two-birds-one-stone

If you are a current or potential Verizon customer, by now you know that you no longer have the option to order stand alone DSL. When the business decision became public knowledge in April, DSL Reports.com looked into the apparent step backward and found existing customers were grandfathered in but: However, if you disconnect and… Continue reading

Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 21, 2012

Letter to the Editor: WTE Projects Are Not All Transparent

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/wte-projects-not-all-transparent/

Reposted from Waste & Recycling News – http://www.wasterecyclingnews.com/article/20120821/OPINION/120829991/letter-to-the-editor-wte-projects-are-not-all-transparent The lessons presented by John Foden in “Lessons in public acceptance of projects” (Waste & Recycling News, Aug. 6), are not in play in Frederick County, Md. There, Northeast Maryland Authority and state and county officials have spent the last few years obfuscating financial information, and not “embracing the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 21, 2012

Community Broadband Bits 9 – Leslie Nulty with ECFiber in Vermont

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-broadband-bits-9-leslie-nulty-ecfiber-vermont

The ninth episode of the Community Broadband Bits podcast features Leslie Nulty, from the East Central Vermont Fiber Optic Network, commonly called ECFiber. ECFiber is using a unique financing arrangement, wherein debt is sold to those in the community as the network slowly expands. They have already raised over $1 million dollars and are providing… Continue reading

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

Milo Medin on the Age of Broadband Abundance

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/milo-medin-age-broadband-abundance

Milo Medin, the VP of Access Services at Google (responsible for the Kansas City deployment) gave a 40 minute presentation discussing important changes in the Internet. We should be moving from an age of scarcity to abundance, if the big cable companies will stop hindering that change. The slides from his presentation are available here…. Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 17, 2012

Anti-public schools candidates crushed in Wisconsin

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/anti-public-schools-candidates-crushed-wisconsin/

With public schools under attack everywhere, a inspiring victory came out of Wisconsin last week.  The American Federation for Children (AFC), a pro school privatization group funded by billionaires from Michigan and millionaires from several other states, entered a slate of candidates in Democratic primaries for the state Assembly and Senate. The battle was joined… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 17, 2012

Google Creates Competition in Kansas City, TWC Hires 81 People

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/google-creates-competition-kansas-city-twc-hires-81-people

A Business Journal story yesterday reveals that Time Warner Cable is adding 81 jobs in Kansas City, an increase of 9% over its present area workforce: The company, which currently employs about 900 locally, wants to fill customer service, finance, sales and other positions. These are the jobs that result from competition – which does… Continue reading

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Article, Rule filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Aug 17, 2012

Virtual Net Metering

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

Net metering is a common distributed renewable energy policy in the United States, allowing individuals to “turn back” their meter (and reduce their electric bill) by generating on-site electricity.  But utility accounting systems typically prevent people from sharing the output from a single, common solar or wind project. Virtual (or group or neighborhood) net metering… Continue reading