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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 29, 2013

Scarlett McGrady Explains Virginia’s Wired Road

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/scarlett-mcgrady-explains-virginias-wired-road

The Wired Road is an ambitious fiber optic and wireless project offering Internet access to several underserved areas in rural Virginia. For the 31st episode of our Community Broadband Bits Bits podcast, Scarlett McGrady joins me to discuss its history and impact on the region. McGrady is the Director of the Grant Community Computing Center… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 29, 2013

Op-Ed: NC In Bottom of Broadband Barrel

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/op-ed-nc-bottom-broadband-barrell

Common Cause’s Todd O’Boyle and myself have just published an opinion piece in the North Carolina News & Observer to highlight the foolishness of the General Assembly revoking local authority to build broadband networks. Todd and I teamed up for a case study of North Carolina’s most impressive fiber network, Greenlight, owned by the city… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jan 28, 2013

Decentralized Recycling Models for Cities: Berkeley and El Cerrito, CA

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/decentralized-recycling-models-cities-berkeley-el-cerrito-ca/

Berkeley, CA, and El Cerrito, CA, in the San Francisco Bay area are special examples of government, grassroots, and private business collaboration in recycling and reuse for the past 30 years. Below are comments on the decentralized model by one of its key advocates and activists, Dan Knapp. Dan is the founder of Urban Ore, which operates in both cities. Continue reading

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

Lack of Competition Creates Capped Connections

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/lack-competition-creates-capped-connections

This post comes to us from Patrick Lucey of the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation. The post was originally published there, but we are excited to feature it here as well. Last month my colleagues and I at the the Open Technology Institute released a paper titled “Capping the Nation’s Broadband Future?”… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 25, 2013

Electric Coops Natural Choice for Expanding Rural Internet Access

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/electric-coops-natural-choice-expanding-rural-internet-access

“The electric co-ops represent possibly the greatest potential for expansion of really good infrastructure in rural America,” [Todd] Pealock said, explaining how it’s a natural fit for co-ops to be infrastructure providers. “It’s very synergistic for our linemen to hang cable, to lift the hardware up,” Pealock said. “The splicing is very natural for them.”… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by ILSR Admin | 2 Comments | Updated on Jan 24, 2013

Solar Rooftop Revolution: A Video Whiteboard

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

Solar company Renvu created a delightful whiteboard animation of the results from our Rooftop Revolution research, which automatically makes them cooler than the average solar company.  Check it out below or on Youtube. Continue reading

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

Former Cable CEO on Competition and Wireless as Complement to Wired

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/former-cable-ceo-competition-and-wireless-complement-wired

Given the frequent claims of lobbyists for the cable companies regarding how incredibly competitive the broadband market is in the United States, I thought we might want to hear what John Malone, one of the most aggressive cable CEOs ever (TCI) has to say on the subject. He is now with Liberty, a media company… Continue reading

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

Susan Crawford on Bloomberg TV

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/susan-crawford-bloomberg-tv

Six minute interview from Susan talking about the failure of policy in America to expand access to fast, affordable, and reliable networks. Continue reading

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

Indianola City Owned Network Partners to Encourage Economic Development

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/indianola-city-owned-networks-partners-encourage-economic-development

“We want to grow our own new businesses in Indianola, and Simpson College is home to an entire group of potential entrepreneurs who we hope will find support for their efforts here and some day choose to locate their businesses here,” [Jerry Kelly, former Indianola mayor and executive director of the city’s development association] said…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 22, 2013

Jason Bird Explains how Princeton Kept Jobs in Community with Publicly Owned Fiber Network

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/jason-bird-explains-how-princeton-kept-jobs-community-publicly-owned-fiber-network

Jason Bird is the Electrical Superintendent at the city of Princeton Utilities in Illinois. He joins us for the 30th episode of our Community Broadband Bits Podcast to explain why Princeton built a rather unique network. Princeton has built a fiber network to connect some of the local businesses and uses broadband over power lines… Continue reading