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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 22, 2014

Call to Action: Support Stronger Rules for Mobile 911

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/call-to-action-support-stronger-rules-for-mobile-911/

An increasing number of Americans are abandoning their landlines for the convenience and economy of mobile devices. Unfortunately, doing so also makes it more difficult to locate the caller in an emergency. In order to correct the problem, the FCC has proposed a stronger set of rules that will increase location accuracy for 911 calls…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 21, 2014

Next Century Cities – Community Broadband Bits Podcast Episode 121

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/next-century-cities-community-broadband-bits-podcast-episode-121/

This week, we helped to launch Next Century Cities, a collaborative effort of local governments that are making smart investments and partnerships to ensure their communities have fast, affordable, and reliable Internet access. Deb Socia is the Executive Director of Next Century Cities, coming to it from a nonprofit organization she developed in Boston called… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 5 Comments | Updated on Oct 21, 2014

We Have “Value for Solar,” but Should We Use It?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/value-of-solar-use-it/

Earlier this year, Minnesota became the first state to formalize dozens of studies by adopting a “value of solar” formula that would fundamentally change the relationship between solar energy producers and their utility. It’s designed to have the utility accurately compensate solar energy producers for the value of solar electricity to the utility, its customers,… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Independent Business | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 20, 2014

Report: North Dakota’s Pharmacy Ownership Law Leads to Better Pharmacy Care

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

What a difference local ownership makes. Under a forward-thinking 1963 law, North Dakota does not allow chains to operate pharmacies. Instead of Walgreens and Walmart pharmacies, North Dakotans go to 171 independent and locally owned pharmacies across the state for their prescriptions. That may soon change though: Walmart is bankrolling — to the tune of $2.7 million — a campaign to pass a ballot measure on November 4th that would overturn the law. That’s more per person that Obama spent in the 2012 general election. Weighing into the debate, ILSR this week released a data-driven study that finds that North Dakotans receive significantly better pharmacy care by every measure, from some of the lowest drug prices in the nation to unparalleled access, particularly in rural areas. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 17, 2014

Westminster Commences Fiber Deployment

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/westminster-commences-fiber-deployment/

Westminster’s open access fiber optic project is now officially in construction, after a groundbreaking ceremony on October 16th at a local deli in the Airport Business Park. Dr. Robert Wack, spearheading the initiative in Maryland, told the Chamber of Commerce: “The Air Business Park is the ideal location for our groundbreaking since this is our… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 17, 2014

Longmont Schools Save, Increase Bandwidth With Help from LPC

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/longmont-schools-save-increase-bandwidth-with-help-from-lpc/

Schools in Longmont recently began working with Longmont Power and Communications (LPC) to increase bandwidth, save money, and begin implementing a new technology plan. As part of the plan, every middle school student in Longmont was assigned an iPad mini this school year. Jon Rice from the Longmont Compass alerted us to the program that… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 16, 2014

2 Charts Show Solar’s Jump to Top Spot for New U.S. Power Generation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/2-charts-show-solars-jump-top-spot-u-s-power-generation/

Want proof that distributed solar is rapidly growing?  Look no further than these two charts, showing how solar provided over a quarter of new power plant capacity in 2013 (6% from residential solar alone!) and 43% in the first half of this year! This article originally posted at ilsr.org. For timely updates, follow John Farrell on… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 16, 2014

California Law Offers New Way to Finance Broadband Projects

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/california-law-offers-new-way-to-finance-broadband-projects/

On September 29th, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that may make building community networks in his state just a bit easier. The memorably-named “Assembly Bill No. 2292” allows broadband projects to be included among the types of public works that can be financed using Infrastructure Financing Districts (IFDs). IFDs are entities… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 15, 2014

Crawfordsville Municipal Network Purchased by Metronet in Indiana

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/crawfordsville-municipal-network-purchased-by-metronet-in-indiana/

Our Community Broadband Map documents over 400 communities where publicly owned infrastructure serves residents, business, or government facilities. We rarely hear of publicly owned systems sold to private providers, but it does happen once in a blue moon. Accelplus, the fiber optic FTTH network deployed by Crawfordsville Electric Light & Power (CEL&P) in Indiana was… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Oct 15, 2014

Correcting Community Fiber Fallacies: Attacks on LUS Fiber

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/correcting-community-fiber-fallacies-attacks-lus-fiber/

In just the last year the Lafayette Utility System (LUS) gigabit network has attracted 1300 high-tech jobs. Chairman Wheeler praises the network for doing what many communities hope to do, but cannot because of state laws limiting municipal broadband networks. Critics are desperate to discredit the network, using false statements and misinformation. The Reason Foundation released a paper by Steven… Continue reading