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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 16, 2015

FCC Opinion and Order Striking Down Local Authority Limits in TN and NC: Highlights

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/fcc-opinion-and-order-striking-down-local-authority-limits-in-tn-and-nc-highlights/

The FCC has found that it has the authority to remove aspects of Tennessee and North Carolina law that limit local authority to build or expand Internet networks. In short, states seem to retain the authority to restrict municipalities from offering service at all. However, if states allow local governments to offer services, then the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 16, 2015

Mount Vernon Mayor: Local Authority Has Been Good For Our City

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/mount-vernon-mayor-local-authority-has-been-good-for-our-city/

As the time approached for FCC Commissioners to choose to allow Wilson and Chattanooga to serve surrounding communities, leaders from municipalities with publicly owned networks shared their experiences. Jill Boudreau, Mayor of Mount Vernon, Washington, published her community’s experience with their muni in GoSkagit.com.  As in the recent testimonial from Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller, Mayor Boudreau described how… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Mar 16, 2015

Community Broadband Media Roundup – March 14

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/community-broadband-media-roundup-march-14/

Whether You’re Red or Blue, You Should Love the FCC’s Internet Plan: This Tea Party guy gets it. Why don’t DC Republicans? by Susan Crawford, BackChannel He said (paraphrasing), “I want my freedom and I can’t stand the idea of government messing with our lives, and that’s why I like the Tea Party. But I… Continue reading

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Featured Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Mar 16, 2015

Can an Old Utility (dog) Learn New Tricks?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/utility-dog-learn-tricks/

Arnie Arnesen interviewed ILSR’s Director of Democratic Energy John Farrell on WNHN’s The Attitude last week, seeking an answer to this question: can we expect electric utilities to embrace the energy sources of the future, like solar? Electric Utilities Play by the (Old) Rules Arnie and John discussed the hesitance of utilities to embrace innovation… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Mar 14, 2015

Occupy Radio Interviews Chris: Community Broadband is the Next Internet Battle

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/occupy-radio-interviews-chris-community-broadband-is-the-next-internet-battle/

Ready … set … get local net! Chris recently spoke to OEMG Occupy Radio about the hundreds of community broadband networks providing some of the best Internet service in the country. He encouraged citizens to look at municipal ownership, cooperative ownership, or non-profit models.  Listen to the conversation below. Chris’s segment begins at 11:55. Enjoy! Occupyeugenemedia.org describes… Continue reading

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Featured Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Mar 13, 2015

Key Passages and Arguments From The FCC Decision to Remove Barriers to Municipal Networks in TN and NC

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/key-passages-fcc-local-authority-decision/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2015 CONTACT: Rebecca Toews, rebecca@ILSR.org, (612)808-0689   Key Passages and Arguments From The FCC Decision to Remove Barriers to Municipal Networks in TN and NC The Federal Communications Commission has released the order that allows Chattanooga and Wilson, as well as many other cities in North Carolina and Tennessee, to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 13, 2015

Yolo County, California Ready for Better Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/yolo-county-california-ready-for-better-broadband/

The Yolo County Board of Supervisors in California voted unanimously recently to accept consultants’ recommendations to take steps improve broadband in the county. Some of those recommendations included investing in infrastructure to improve both urban and rural areas in the northern county.  The Davis Enterprise reported on the meeting from February 24th: With its diverse… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Mar 12, 2015

Can a Single Union Save the Post Office?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/single-union-save-post-office/

Let’s begin with the bad news. The U.S. Post Office, the oldest, most respected and ubiquitous of all public institutions is fast disappearing. In recent years management has shuttered half the nation’s mail processing plants and put 10 percent of all local post offices up for sale. A third of all post offices, most of… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 12, 2015

Monica Webb Talks WiredWest on The Take Away

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Monica Webb, long-time spokesperson and current chairman for Massachusetts’ WiredWest, recently spoke with John Hockenberry on The Take Away. Monica briefly described why the coalition of local communities chose to take control of their own connectivity with a regional municipal effort. Fittingly enough, Monica describes how she had to drive 20 minutes in order to… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Mar 12, 2015

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – March 11, 2015

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/democratic-energy-media-roundup-march-11-2015/

Can one state lead the way for others in sound, smart energy policy? New York is setting the stage. This week, Mother Jones, and others talked to John about getting what we want from the utility of the future. (Hint: utilities may soon be waiting-in-the-wings!) Read more stories from this week, below. New York Just… Continue reading