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

First Community Broadband Bits Podcast – Sibley County Fiber to the Farm

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/first-community-broadband-bits-podcast-sibley-county-fiber-farm

In our excitement to produce this podcast, we forgot to credit Fit and the Conniptions for the intro/outro music. Much thanks for releasing their music under a creative commons license that allows us to use it for this purpose. If you like their sound, buy an album! We have decided to start a podcast- a… Continue reading

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

Riverside, California, Named Intelligent Community of 2012

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/riverside-california-named-intelligent-community-2012

Riverside, California was just named the Intelligent Community of the Year 2012 by the Intelligent Communities Forum. It is only the fourth U.S. city to win in the 14-year history of the award. Among its top qualifications are a publicly owned fiber optic network linking public buildings (eliminating the need for any leased lines) and… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 6 Comments | Updated on Jun 19, 2012

Crowdfunding for Community Power?

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

Back in April, President Obama signed the JOBS Act and one of the most-heralded elements was so-called crowdfunding. The law sought to solve a major problem: it’s hard to finance small-scale business ventures.  Wall Street only cares about multi-million dollar plays and securities regulations make small-dollar projects rather difficult (and costly) to jointly fund. The… Continue reading

Mattress recycling in Eugene, OR, creates jobs and reduces waste.
Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jun 18, 2012

How Self-Reliant Cities Use Raw Materials

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/self-reliant-cities-raw-materials/

The recycling movement is yielding excellent results throughout the United States. In a range of innovative new ways, local governments are connecting the dots between resource conservation, sustainability, and local economic development. They are saving money, increasing local self-reliance, creating local jobs, and strengthening their local economies through recycling, reuse, composting and local food initiatives. Read on for success stories from communities across the country, and how you can follow their lead. Continue reading

Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Jun 18, 2012

Our Winnipeg or Theirs?

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

A new video, released on June 15th by the Canadian Union for Public Employees proves you can communicate a big idea–the privatization of municipal services–by looking at the issue through the eyes of school children. The 5 minute video, made by Winnipeg artists Sean and Christian Procter, uses a light touch and animated figures to… Continue reading

Back to the Future on Solar?
Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Energy | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jun 18, 2012

1.21 Gigawatts!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/1-21-gigawatts/

In the past five years, a new U.S. renewable energy policy has quietly grown more popular, enabling enough solar power (1.21 gigawatts!) to send Michael J. Fox “Back to the Future.” CLEAN programs – Clean Local Energy Accessible Now – have been adopted in 14 states and can significantly increase the deployment of local solar power, says a new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR). Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jun 15, 2012

Gig.U Advances in Florida With Gainesville Regional Utilities

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/gigu-advances-florida-gainesville-regional-utilities

We have been following the Gig.U initiative, the collaborative effort between 30+ U.S. leading research universities. Their mission is to quicken the deployment of high-speed networks to universities and their surrounding communities to improve innovation, research, collaboration, and economic development. This week, the University of Florida announced they will be working with Gainsville’s GRUCom, and… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 3 Comments | Updated on Jun 15, 2012

FHFA Finally Releases PACE Ruling: Did They Repent?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/fhfa-finally-releases-pace-ruling-repent/

After effectively suspending residential PACE energy efficiency and renewable energy municipal financing programs in 2010 and then being taken to federal court and required to do a revised rule making, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released its revised ruling on PACE programs [pdf] today. Did they repent from their 2010 assertion that PACE presented… Continue reading

On the Air
Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jun 14, 2012

Christopher Mitchell on KSCO 1080 am

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

Christopher Mitchell recently spoke with Michael Zwerling on Santa Cruz’s KSCO 1080 AM about municipal and community broadband. Christopher took questions from listeners on accessibility, WiFi networks, and more. Listen to the KSCO Interview Continue reading

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

Broadband Boosts Economy in Southern Virginia

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/broadband-boosts-economy-southern-virginia

Martinsville, located in south central Virginia within Henry County, is home to about 14,000 people, 10% fewer than in 2000. The town built a city-owned fiber optic network to connect local businesses and spur economic development in cooperation with the Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative. The backbone of the Martinsville Information Network (MINET), consists of 48 strands… Continue reading