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Turbines On The Ridge
Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Mar 8, 2012

Refundable Federal Tax Credit Could Remove Barrier to Community Wind

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/refundable-federal-tax-credit-remove-barrier-community-wind/

Update 3/9/12:Turns out I would be a lousy tax attorney and that the form of tax credit does not affect the passive loss rules. What if a small change in federal renewable energy policy could make community wind development easier? Last month, President Obama’s Treasury Department released proposed reforms to a number of business taxes… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 8, 2012

Charter Fights Dirty to Kill Competition in Monticello

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/charter-fights-dirty-kill-competition-monticello

When Monticello, Minnesota, decided to build its community fiber network — Fibernet Monticello — it expected the incumbents to lower their prices and fight to keep subscribers. But Monticello had no idea the lengths to which they would go. The telephone incumbent, TDS, delayed the project for a year with a frivolous lawsuit and then… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 8, 2012

Chattanooga Network Hits Milestone, Projected to Pay Off Debt Early

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/chattanooga-network-hits-milestone-projected-pay-debt-early

Chattanooga’s EPBFi community fiber network has been one of the most celebrated muni networks in the nation. They were the first to offer a gigabit to anyone in the city and have launched a bo… Continue reading

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | 11 Comments | Updated on Mar 7, 2012

New Report: Walmart’s Greenwash

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/new-report-walmarts-greenwash/

In this new report, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance documents how Walmart’s heavily promoted sustainability initiatives are falling short. “Walmart’s sustainability campaign has done more to improve the company’s image than to help the environment,” said Stacy Mitchell, the report’s author and a senior researcher at ILSR. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 6, 2012

Minnesota Legislation Would Revoke Local Authority over Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/minnesota-legislation-would-revoke-local-authority-over-broadband

We have heard rumors that the Minnesota Cable Communications Association (MCCA) has ramped up its lobbying efforts in the capitol over the past few weeks and now we know why — Representative R… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 6, 2012

Resource: Useful Flyers in Georgia Legislation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/resource-useful-flyers-georgia-legislation

After AT&T began pushing a bill in Georgia to revoke local authority to decide to build a publicly owned broadband network, the Georgia Municipal Assocation (GMA) and the SouthEast Assocati… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 5, 2012

Georgia Bill to Kill Community Broadband Reportedly Shelved

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/georgia-bill-kill-community-broadband-reportedly-shelved

We are hearing that SB 313 in Georgia, AT&T’s bill to overrule local authority, will be turned into a study bill. Despite the strong support of the Senate Majority Leader, the bill lost su… Continue reading

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

Building Codes: Energy Rules that Work

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/building-codes-energy-rules-work/

Update 4/6/12: The increased cost of a home built to the 2012 code in Illinois will increase the home’s cost by $1500 (~$6 a month) but save $33 per month in energy costs. In energy policy, lawmakers often prefer carrots to sticks because it minimizes the opposition.  But mandatory rules, like building energy codes, can… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 1, 2012

Government Technology’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/government-technologys-top-25-doers-dreamers-and-drivers

We are honored to be named by Government Technology to be among the Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers in the nation. We are passionate about the role local governments can play in expanding … Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 29, 2012

Colorado Broadband Bill Seeks Access Answers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/colorado-broadband-bill-seeks-access-answers

For tourists and residents alike, much of Colorado is one amazing vista after the next. I nearly circumnavigated it on a recent trip and was re-blown away at how incrediblely beautiful it is (… Continue reading