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Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 30, 2013

Surprise! Industry Lobbyists Oppose Gigabit Community Race to the Top Proposal – Part 1

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/surprise-industry-lobbyists-oppose-gigabit-community-race-top-proposal-part-1

This is Part 1 in a two-part series discussing comments submitted to the FCC in response to a petition filed by Fiber-To-The-Home Council proposing a new Gigabit Community Race to the Top program. The Fiber-To-The-Home Council (FTTHC) recently submitted a proposal to the FCC to create a Gigabit Communities “Race to the Top” program. The… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Sep 27, 2013

Setting the Value of Solar – Part 1 of Minnesota’s Process

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/setting-solar-part-1-minnesotas-process/

What is solar worth to a utility? It’s an issue of national debate, but one unexpected state – Minnesota – is engaging a formal process for determining the methodology for setting the value of solar. As the first multi-utility process, it’s likely to set a precedent nationwide for what the “value of solar” will mean… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Sep 27, 2013

Essential Elements in the Value of Solar

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

Comments to the Minnesota Division of Energy Resources Re: Value of Solar Stakeholder Process From: Institute for Local Self-Reliance    John Farrell, Director of Democratic Energy Date: September 20, 2013 Background The value of solar component of the state’s new solar energy standard must be considered in the context of the state’s energy goals, expressed… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 27, 2013

Google Ad Compares Fiber to Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/google-ad-compares-fiber-broadband

Google knows how to differentiate its gigabit Internet access from the slower options offered by cable and DSL. Community networks should take notes on effective advertising.  Video:  Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 26, 2013

Indianola’s Community Network Spurs Entrepreneurship

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/indianolas-community-network-spurs-entrepreneurship

When Indianola decided to invest in a municipal fiber network, the decision was part of a larger economic development plan that included a startup incubator in partnership with Simpson College – which we wrote about earlier this year. Located near Des Moines in Iowa, Indianola is one of a few communities that has partnered with a local… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 25, 2013

Small Minnesota Town, Annandale, Fed up With Slow DSL

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/small-minnesota-town-annandale-fed-slow-dsl

Yet another Minnesota town is fed up with slow, unreliable Internet access and is examining what it can do to make sure it has the network it needs to succeed in the modern economy. Annandale is 50 miles northwest of Minneapolis with a population of 3,200 and has Windstream as the telephone company. Windstream, as… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 24, 2013

Crap Cable Threatens Cloud Services

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/crap-cable-threatens-cloud-services

For my money, the best headline of last week was “The U.S.’s crap infrastructure threatens the cloud.” The rant goes on to explain just how crummy our access to the Internet is. As a patriotic American, I find the current political atmosphere where telecom lobbyists set the agenda to be a nightmare. All over the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 24, 2013

In Western Mass, Holyoke Gas and Electric Brings Broadband – Community Broadband Bits Episode #65

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/western-mass-holyoke-gas-and-electric-brings-broadband-community-broadband-bits-episode-65

Holyoke Gas & Electric has been connecting community anchor institutions and local businesses in Western Massachusetts with fiber networks for years. Rather than using exception access to the Internet as a competitive advantage over more poorly connected neighbors, the Municipal Light Plant (in the parlance of Massachusetts law) is helping nearby towns to establish their… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 23, 2013

Iowa Municipal Utilities on Gigabit Nation

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/iowa-municipal-utilities-gigabit-nation

We were glad to hear our friend, Curtis Dean of the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities join Craig Settles on his Gigabit Nation Internet Radio show. Listen below to learn more about what local utilities are doing to help their communities thrive in the digital age. Current Internet Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with cjspeaks… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Sep 23, 2013

ILSR co-Sponsoring Cultivating Community Composting Forum

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ILSR is pleased to announce — along with BioCycle, Highfields Center for Composting, and the Organics Recycling Association of Ohio — Cultivating Community Composting, a day-long forum (11:00 AM-4:30 PM) on October 19, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. The forum is inspired by the excitement, energy and innovation emanating from the rapidly growing number of community… Continue reading