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Featured Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on May 30, 2013

Why Master Limited Partnerships are a Lousy Policy for Solar, Wind, and Taxpayers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/master-limited-partnerships-lousy-policy-solar-or-business/

Read reactions to this piece here If you follow the renewable energy industry and haven’t been sleeping, then you’ve probably heard about one of the few pieces of federal legislation purported to help clean energy that’s actually moving: expanding Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) to cover wind and solar energy. (H.R.1696) This is not a good… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 29, 2013

Missoula, Montana, To Proceed With Feasibility Study

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/missoula-montana-proceed-feasibility-study

The Missoula City Council recently approved a measure to finance a feasibility study on improving local Internet options. Keila Szpaller of the Missoulian reports the council voted 9-1 to spend $13,125 as a first step in improving business connections to boost economic development. Szpaller writes: “We did a survey around that and identified that one… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 29, 2013

Cedar Falls, Iowa, Now Offers 1 Gig Service

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/cedar-falls-iowa-now-offers-1-gig-service

Cedar Falls Utilities (CFU) just announced that it is ready to serve customers with 1 gig service. Earlier this year, CFU increased speeds for existing customers at no expense and we watched their expansion and upgrade from cable to FTTH.  Jon Ericson reported in the Courier that the city hopes to boost economic development in… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on May 28, 2013

Minnesota’s New (Standard Offer) Solar Energy Standard

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

A friend at Fresh Energy generously called me the “architect” of Minnesota’s new solar energy standard (signed last week), and although that may be a bit generous, I’d like to provide a detailed description of the nation’s newest solar energy standard. The topline: 1.5% solar standard for the state’s investor-owned utilities (with some exemptions) for… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on May 28, 2013

Exploring Conduit Policies – Community Broadband Bits Episode #48

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/exploring-conduit-policies-community-broadband-bits-episode-48

At any conference dealing with building broadband networks, one hears talk of open trench policies or “dig once” approaches. For today’s episode of Community Broadband Bits, City Manager Scott Lazenby of Sandy, Oregon, joins us to talk about how Sandy has proactively placed conduit underground for fiber use. We discuss the instances where it is… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 28, 2013

Cox Discourages Internet Use That Competes with Core Cable Product

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/cox-discourages-internet-use-competes-core-cable-product

Another story of frustration as cable companies try to discourage Internet use on their last generation networks. An article earlier this month in StopTheCap! tells the story of the John Heeley family, long time Cox customers and avid Netflix fans. The Heeley’s received a letter from Cox warning them about their “excessive Internet usage.” They… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 23, 2013

Princeton, Massachusetts, Plans Next Step of Fiber Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/princeton-massachusetts-plans-next-step-fiber-network

Community members in Princeton, Massachusetts, voted on May 14th to proceed with planning for a next-generation fiber network. The picturesque New England community voted to spend $10,000 on a system design and to establish an entity to operate the network in the future, if the community decides to proceed with the investment. According to News… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 22, 2013

Comcast Cuts Deal in Cape Cod as OpenCape Deployment Continues

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/comcast-cuts-deal-cape-cod-opencape-deployment-continues

CapeCodToday, recently ran two interviews relating to OpenCape, the publicly owned network nearing completion in Massachusetts. The interviews follow a belated March press release from Comcast, announcing its new service contract with Cape Cod Community College (CCCC). Like some others familiar with the project, we were surprised to see the college choosing Comcast for connectivity… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on May 21, 2013

Unraveling the Public-Private-Partnership in San Leandro – Community Broadband Bits Episode #47

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/unraveling-public-private-partnership-san-leandro-community-broadband-bits-episode-47

The city of San Leandro has formed a partnership with a local company now named Lit San Leandro to expand business access to the Internet. We talk with San Leandro’s Chief Innovation Officer Deborah Acosta and Judi Clark, a consultant with Lit San Leandro, to learn more about their approach. San Leandro already had conduit… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 20, 2013

Longmont City Council Approves Fiber Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/longmont-city-council-approves-fiber-network

Longmont, Colorado, will move ahead with plans to offer fiber connectivity to the entire community. After presenting this business plan to the City Council, members voted unanimously on May 14th to support the measure. Scott Rochat from the Times-Call attended the meeting. Residents stepped forward to express their opinions and all but one urged the… Continue reading