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Article filed under Energy | Written by Lizzi Whittlesey | No Comments | Updated on Nov 25, 2014

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – November 24, 2014

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/democratic-energy-media-roundup-november-17-2014-2/

This week in democratic energy, media reports discussed the recent ruling for utilities in Wisconsin, the continued growth of solar in several states, and more. John Farrell, Director of ILSR’s Democratic Energy initiative, recently presented on a panel about the City of Minneapolis’ partnership with Xcel. His talk was covered on PVSolarReport. ILSR’s report on the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Oct 24, 2014

Cities in Kentucky and Massachusetts Want a Say In Comcast/Time Warner Cable Merger

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/cities-kentucky-and-massachusetts-want-say-comcasttime-warner-cable-merger

As the feds continue to evaluate the wisdom of the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger, local communities in several states are attempting to throw a wrench in the federal approval machine. In Worcester, Massachusetts, the City Council recently refused to approve the transfer of the city’s cable television license to Comcast. In order to sweet-talk the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Oct 13, 2014

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – October 13, 2014

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/democratic-energy-media-roundup-october-13-2014/

This week in democratic energy, media reports discussed everything from net metering to the installation of a solar photovoltaic system in a New York county jail. Elisa Woods of GreenBiz reports that New Hampshire may be the next state to adopt electric grid modernization, including microgrids, to increase grid resiliency and economic efficiency: “The advisory… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 26, 2014

Muni Fiber in Rural Massachusetts – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 113

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/muni-fiber-rural-massachusetts-community-broadband-bits-podcast-113

Though much of western Massachusetts has poor access to the Internet, the town of Leverett is in the midst of fiber build that will offer a gigabit to anyone who wants it. Peter d’Errico, on the town Select Board, has been part of the project from the start and Chairs the Broadband Committee. He joins… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jul 24, 2014

Formal Petitions Filed on Behalf of Community Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/formal-petitions-filed-behalf-community-networks/

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance praises Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken of Minnesota for leading the growing list of organizations committed to defending the authority of communities to make their own decisions when it comes to build the Internet networks of tomorrow. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 3, 2014

Broadband Communities Economic Development Conference September 16 – 18

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/broadband-communities-economic-development-conference-september-16-18

Join Chris in Springfield, Massachusetts for the Community Fiber Networks conference in September. The meet-up is part of Broadband Communities Magazine’s  Economic Development series; Chris will present at the event. The conference will run September 16 – 18 at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel. Jim Baller, Conference Chairman and Principal at the Baller Herbst… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Jun 27, 2014

ILSR applauds U.S. Lawmakers banding together to support Community Broadband Networks.

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/ilsr-applauds-u-s-senators-banding-support-community-broadband-networks/

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance praises Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken of Minnesota for leading the growing list of organizations committed to defending the authority of communities to make their own decisions when it comes to build the Internet networks of tomorrow. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 22, 2014

Princeton Voters Want to Bring FTTH to Their Rural Massachusetts Community

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/princeton-voters-want-bring-ftth-their-rural-massachusetts-community

On May 13, Princeton voters decided to continue their municipal network planning. At the annual town meeting, 91.4% of voters passed Article 4 [PDF], authorizing a new Municipal Light Plant. A year ago, voters approved a measure to proceed with planning. Princeton, a community of 3,300 residents and 1,270 households, has DSL access available to approximately 49% of… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Independent Business | Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 1, 2014

Two Big-Box Decisions Show How Smart Planning Policies Protect Good Jobs

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Although few cities take full advantage of them, planning and zoning powers are among the most potent tools communities have for shaping their economies. Two recent decisions, in Massachusetts and Wisconsin, underscore why land use planning matters and how smart policies can strengthen the local economy and protect good jobs. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 5, 2014

MassBroadband 123 Complete in Massachusetts

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/massbroadband-123-complete-massachusetts

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) just announced that the 1,200-mile fiber network MassBroadband 123 is now complete. According to the official announcement, the middle-mile network will eventually serve over 1,200 community anchor institutions. The open access network, constructed with $45.4 million in stimulus funding and an additional $40 million in state bond proceeds, lit up… Continue reading