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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 7, 2013

AT&T Fails Big in Dallas, Makes Big Claims for Austin

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/att-fails-big-dallas-makes-big-claims-austin

Even though I regularly read examples of terrible customer service from the massive corporations like AT&T, Time Warner Cable, CenturyLink, and more, I apparently retain the capacity to be surprised as how bad they are. The Dallas Morning News recently ran this piece: “AT&T Never Misses An Opportunity to Miss An Opportunity.” In a neighborhood… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Oct 7, 2013

Who’s Your Energy Daddy?

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

This panel asks ‘who’s your energy daddy?’ and for now it remains large, investor-owned utilities, and ostensibly locally-focused rural cooperatives and municipal utilities. But the energy landscape of today gives me uncomfortable reminders of the Athenian tragedy by Sophocles – the Oedipus tale. John Farrell, ILSR’s Director of Democratic Energy, gave this panel presentation at the 23rd… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Oct 5, 2013

Let The Red States Vote on Health Care

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

In 2009, when Congress passed the health care bill, only one Republican voted in favor.  In 2010, with opposition to the new health care law as their rallying cry, Republicans gained a net 63 seats and control of the House of Representatives.  They also won control of 11 additional states, bringing their total to 25…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 4, 2013

Alex Marshall Coming to Humphrey School at U of Minnesota

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/alex-marshall-coming-humphrey-school-u-minnesota

Six months ago, I wrote about a book by Alex Marshall, the Surprising Design of Market Economies. In a few weeks, he will be presenting to a small group at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. You can learn more about the event and register here. I am looking forward… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 3, 2013

Animated Video Provides Introduction to Community Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/animated-video-provides-introduction-community-networks

Anyone looking for a short introduction to community owned networks should start with this brief animated video. Please share it around – embed in Facebook, blogs, whatever. We have this and other informative videos archived here. Video:  Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 2, 2013

Idaho Town Calls for Fiber Investment; Cable and DSL Not Good Enough

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/idaho-town-calls-fiber-investment-cable-and-dsl-not-good-enough

This is the third time we have found an occasion to highight the community of Ketchum in Idaho. We previously noted their work on a strategic plan and that Cox cable was booted off the broadband advisory board after trying to sabotage the process with a push poll. Now the local paper has editorialized on… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 1, 2013

Poulsbo Wireless Mesh Pilot Extends Internet in Washington – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #66

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/poulsbo-wireless-mesh-pilot-extends-internet-washington-community-broadband-bits-podcast-66

With a population of over 9,000 just across Puget Sound from Seattle, Poulsbo is a town with a lot of commuters and a vision for improved access to the Internet to allow more to reduce the physical need to travel. City Councilmember Ed Stern joins us for the 66th episode of Community Broadband Bits to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 30, 2013

Broadband for Schools and Libraries on the Agenda at Oct. 1 SHLB Event

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/broadband-schools-and-libraries-agenda-oct-1-shlb-event

The Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB) will present a webcast via BroadbandUS.TV tomorrow, October 1. The event focuses on broadband in schools and libraries. The webcast, titled The Importance of High-Capacity Bandwidth for Schools and Libraries runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET.  Presenters from schools, libraries, vendors, and broadband coalitions will… Continue reading

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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