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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 11, 2014

A Few Weeds in Minnesota Decision to Allow Community Solar Gardens to Grow

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/weeds-minnesota-decision-community-solar-gardens-grow/

Late last week, Minnesota regulators made a decision that may finally allow community solar projects to move forward (for Xcel Energy customers) in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. However, the Public Utilities Commission decision also highlighted the shortcomings of the legislature’s distributed solar policy adopted in 2013. What was missing? Minnesota’s increasingly well-known “value of… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Aug 9, 2014

Media Roundup: Week of August 8

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/media-roundup-week-august-8

This week’s rumblings on municipal broadband held more reverberations from last week’s announcement that the FCC would take up formal proceedings regarding Chattanooga, TN and Wilson, NC petitions. The message for preempting state laws is being amplified, first Business Insider wrote this piece on How “Gig City” Chattanooga is putting Big Cable on the ropes: “Ultimately what… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Aug 9, 2014

Comcast Responds to “Break-Up” Call With Customer Service Rep

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/comcast-responds-break-call-customer-service-rep

Comcast’s Chief Operating Officer, Dave Watson, recently posted a letter on the Team Comcast employee site in response to the viral customer-retention call from hell, reports the Consumerist. In his letter to Comcast minions, Watson admits: The agent on this call did a lot of what we trained him and paid him — and thousands… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Aug 7, 2014

Can PUCs Lead on Distributed Renewable Energy?

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

If you’re like most renewable energy advocates that have interacted with a Public Utilities Commission, you probably don’t think they’re a repository of progressive policy toward distributed renewable energy.  In general, you’re right. But it’s worth sharing a few, promising examples of Public Utilities Commissions around the U.S. that are actually making things better for… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 7, 2014

Bozeman Kicks Off Broadband Planning Effort

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/bozeman-kicks-broadband-planning-effort

With a meeting on July 17th of city officials, local residents, institutional stakeholders, and technology consultants, Bozeman officially began its process of creating a master plan for its Broadband Initiative. The process will be lead by Design Nine, a consulting firm based in Virginia, and will include a survey of existing assets and needs, feasibility… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 6, 2014

CenturyLink’s Website Wasn’t Alerted to New Gig Service…

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/centurylinks-website-wasnt-alerted-new-gig-service

So I was reading Bill Schrier’s article about CenturyLink’s announcement about supposedly investing in a gigabit for some people in some cities. He includes a link where people can sign up for new announcements as they come. I already checked my address in Saint Paul but it isn’t available. But I figured, sure, I’d like… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Aug 6, 2014

Huntsville Considers a Network Investment, as Its Businesses Consider Chattanooga

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/huntsville-considers-network-investment-its-businesses-consider-chattanooga

We reported back in June on Huntsville, Alabama’s decision to undertake feasibility study to evaluate its options for increasing next generation fiber optic internet access throughout the city. AL.com is now reporting that Huntsville Utilities hopes to hear the results of the study within 90 days, allowing it to decide whether it will take steps to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 5, 2014

Understanding the Wilson and Chattanooga FCC Petitions – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 110

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/understanding-wilson-and-chattanooga-fcc-petitions-community-broadband-bits-podcast-110

Given the exciting development of the FCC opening comment on petitions from Wilson, NC and Chattanooga, TN to restore local authority to their states, Lisa and I decided to take over this week’s podcast of Community Broadband Bits. We talk about the petitions, some background, and interview Will Aycock from Wilson’s Greenlight Gigabit Network and… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Aug 4, 2014

Community Network Media Roundup: Week of August 1

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/community-network-media-roundup-week-august-1

The effort to restore local authority in deciding whether or not to build a municipal fiber network is full speed ahead. On Monday, the FCC responded to petitions from Chattanooga, TN and Wilson, NC by opening up formal proceedings on the matter, and requesting people weigh in on the issue. Reporters from the Washington Post… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 4, 2014

Working Partner Update: Community Purchasing Alliance, Washington DC

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/community-purchasing-alliance-washington-dc-working-partner-update/

Through working with the national organization Partnership for Working Families, ILSR was introduced to Community Purchasing Alliance in our hometown of Washington, DC. The introduction was timely as CPA was in the middle of negotiating garbage and recycling contracts with local haulers. ILSR is pleased to assist and be associated with this faith-based community development network. Continue reading