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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 5, 2012

ILSR’s Christopher Mitchell Comments on Lafayette, Louisiana’s Community Owned High-Speed

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/ilsrs-christopher-mitchell-comments-on-lafayette-louisianas-community-owned-high-speed/

USA Today, February 5, 2012 In his article, journalist Rick Jervis turned to Christopher Mitchell on the development of community networks. More than 150 local governments across the country have built or are planning to build cyber networks, says Christopher Mitchell of the Minneapolis-based Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a non-profit group that advocates community development… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 4, 2012

North Carolina County Turns on First White Spaces Wireless Network in Nation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/north-carolina-county-turns-first-white-spaces-wireless-network-nation

A local government in southeast North Carolina is the first entity to deploy a “Super Wi-Fi” white-spaces broadband network. New Hanover County, North Carolina, owns the network that was devel… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 3, 2012

Corporations Oppose Limits to Local Authority in South Carolina

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/corporations-oppose-limits-local-authority-south-carolina

With AT&T continuing to push H.3508, a bill to further erode local authority over broadband and ensure AT&T faces no competition in areas of the state, a number of corporations have sig… 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 Feb 3, 2012

Challenging the Republican’s Five Myths on Inequality

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/challenging-the-republicans-five-myths-on-inequality/

Recent comments by Mitt Romney, the probable Republican nominee for President all but guarantee the inequality issue will remain front and center this election year. When asked whether people who question the current distribution of wealth and power are motivated by “jealousy or fairness” Romney insisted, “I think it’s about envy. I think it’s about… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 2, 2012

Four Ways Enviros Can Keep Walmart in the Hot Seat

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/four-ways-enviros-can-keep-walmart-in-the-hot-seat/

The world’s biggest retailer has gotten an undeserved free pass from many environmentalists. It’s time to take a tougher line and set a higher standard. In the conclusion to her series on Walmart’s greenwashing, Stacy Mitchell outlines four ways we can hold Walmart accountable. Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Feb 2, 2012

How Distributed Solar Can Reduce Electricity Prices

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

What if installing more solar could reduce electricity prices? It’s already happening in Germany, world leader in solar power, and it’s likely to happen in the U.S., too. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 2, 2012

USA Today Covers Lafayette Community Fiber Success

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/usa-today-covers-lafayette-community-fiber-success

The USA Today occasionally covered the Lafayette muni fiber network fight as Cox and Bellsouth used every dirty trick conceivable against the community to shut it down. Reporter Rick Jervis lo… Continue reading

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

Electricity Priced by the Hour Boosts Distributed Solar Value by a Third or More

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

Updated 2/1/12 because I underestimated how the tiered pricing worked.  Thanks to bkarney at Renewable Energy World for the comment. Last week I wrote about the time-of-use pricing scheme that PG&E offers in San Francisco, and how solar power is worth 14% more compared to a standard flat-rate electricity plan.  In reality, it’s 36% or… Continue reading

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

Smart Conduit Considerations for Forward-Looking Communities

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/smart-conduit-considerations-forward-looking-communities

Local governments are often looking for low-risk options for expanding broadband access to residents and local businesses. There are not many. Seattle put some extra conduit in the ground as a part of a different project that was tearing up the streets but Comcast was the only provider interested. The problem with a haphazard program… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 31, 2012

Australia Examines Telehealth Benefits from National Broadband Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/australia-examines-telehealth-benefits-national-broadband-network

As Australia rolls out its National Broadband Network (NBN), an open access mostly FTTH network that will connect 90% of the population (with most of the rest connected with high capacity wirel… Continue reading