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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 5, 2013

The Five Fundamentals for Future Telecommunications – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #32

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/five-fundamentals-future-telecommunications-community-broadband-bits-podcast-32

Harold Feld, Senior Vice President of Public Knowledge, is back on Community Broadband Bits to discuss five fundamental rules necessary to ensure we have a great telecommunications system that benefits everyone. Harold first appeared on our show in episode 23. Harold explains the Five Fundamentals here and includes a link to their full filing [pdf]…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 5, 2013

Chelan Public Utility District To Restore Fiber After Storm Damage

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/chelan-public-utility-district-restore-fiber-after-storm-damage

In the week before Christmas, Mother Nature sent a powerful winter storm to Chelan County in Washington. Hundreds of trees along the south shore of Lake Wenatchee came down, causing extensive electrical and fiber outages. According to the Chelan PUD, most electrical customers have had power restored, but Internet, phone, and TV services dependent on… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 4, 2013

Christopher Mitchell Interviewed For streets.mn Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/christopher-mitchell-interviewed-streets-mn-podcast/

Christopher Mitchell was recently interviewed by Bill Lindeke from streets.mn. Bill, a PhD Candidate in Geography, published the podcast as part of the streets.mn blog. He wanted to talk to Christopher about the work at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Bill discussed fiber optic infrastructure investment in the U.S. and touched on the Minneapolis City… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 4, 2013

Franklin Municipal FiberNET Spurs Economic Development, Serves Government, in Kentucky

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/franklin-municipal-fibernet-spurs-economic-development-serves-government-kentucky

Franklin, Kentucky expects to see more positive economic growth when it launches its new fiber optic network. According to an article in the Bowling Green Daily News, the south central community is ready for the upgrade: “We are super excited about it,” said James McCaslin, associate vice president of academic affairs and director of Franklin-Simpson… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 4, 2013

Letter to the Editor: Waste Industry Should Pay a Living Wage

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/waste-industry-should-pay-living-wage/

Waste & Recycling News, February 4, 2013 John Campanelli does well to focus attention on garbage collection workers in our industry that are working difficult jobs for poverty wages (“Texas recycling death highlights wage, safety issue in the industry”). Workers along picking lines at recycling processing plants are in woeful straights as well.  In Atlanta… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 3, 2013

Composting Efforts Gain Traction Across the United States

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

Washington Post, February 3, 2013 Roy Derrick maneuvered his forklift with a pallet of neatly boxed expired produce and flowers and dropped it into an industrial compactor at Safeway’s cavernous return center in Upper Marlboro. As the compactor hummed, compressed food and floral scraps spilled through a chute into a 40-foot trailer, one of five… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 1, 2013

SEATOA Conference Set for March 21st-22nd

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/seatoa-conference-set-march-21st-22nd

This March 21-22, the SouthEast Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (SEATOA) will be hosting the “Networking Communities for the New South” conference. The conference will be held at the Omni Charlotte Hotel. We are excited to see Susan Crawford as the keynote speaker. From the conference page: She will provide a broadband policy reality… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 1, 2013

John Farrell Discusses Clean, Local Energy Options for Minneapolis (Podcast)

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John Farrell spoke to the Stone Arch discussion forum of the local DFL Education Foundation on January 12, 2013, about  the Minneapolis Energy Options campaign to let the people of Minneapolis take charge of their energy future. The grassroots campaign is challenging the energy monopoly of Xcel and Centerpoint Energy and hopes to give the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 31, 2013

MN House Committee Learns About the PUC/Broadband Relationship

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/mn-house-committee-learns-about-pucbroadband-relationship

We want to thank Ann Treacy from the Blandin Foundation for getting out and reporting on many events dealing with telecommunications. We know we can rely on her to faithfully share her findings via the Bladin on Broadband blog. Last week, Ann attended the Labor, Workplace and Regulated Industries Committee at the Minnesota House of… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jan 31, 2013

Bill Moyer: Episode 2 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

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In this edition of Local Energy Rules, John Farrell and Wade Underwood speak with Bill Moyer of the Backbone Campaign about a nascent community solar project in Vashon, WA. We ask Bill about his involvement with the project as a community organizer—delving into the frustrating regulatory barriers that have kept the project from coming to… Continue reading