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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 10, 2015

Reaction to the FCC Decisions, Dissent, and Next Steps – Community Broadband Bits Episode 141

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/reaction-to-the-fcc-decisions-dissent-and-next-steps-community-broadband-bits-episode-141/

After the FCC decisions to remove barriers to community networks and to reclassify Internet access as a Title II service to enforce network neutrality rules, Lisa and I spend some time discussing the decision and reactions to it. We also discuss my presentation at Freedom to Connect, where I offer some thoughts on what communities… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Mar 8, 2015

Community Broadband Media Roundup – March 6, 2015

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/community-broadband-media-roundup-march-6-2015/

Outlets are continuing to pick up on the fact that the FCC’s Community Broadband decision was a big one for the future of the Internet.  Community Broadband The Most Important Decision the FCC Made Last Week Wasn’t on Net Neutrality… By David Dayen, The New Republic …Telecoms have reacted to this wave of community broadband in… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy | Written by Rebecca Toews | No Comments | Updated on Mar 4, 2015

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – March 4, 2015

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/democratic-energy-media-roundup-march-4-2015/

A clean energy report looks at the tension between utilities and consumers, and we take a look at political crossover: how distributed energy and local control is becoming more of a bipartisan issue. Chris Mooney with the Washington Post leads the roundup with two articles on how solar energy plays in conservative parts of the nation. It doesn’t hurt… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 27, 2015

Can a State’s Solar Party Start Without It?

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

In about half of U.S. states, an individual or business can have solar installed on their roof owned by someone else, and either buy the power or lease the array from that third party. These power purchase or lease models drastically simplify the process of going solar (at a price), avoiding the work of managing… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 25, 2015

Benton Foundation Article Dives Into Upcoming FCC Decision and Section 706

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/benton-foundation-article-dives-into-upcoming-fcc-decision-and-section-706/

Kevin Taglang, recently published an excellent explanatory post for the Benton Foundation entitled What Section 706 Means for Net Neutrality, Municipal Networks, and Universal Broadband. He provides just the right amount of detail to get one up top speed on the upcoming decision and why it promises to be so influential. Additionally, he summarizes many… Continue reading

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Article filed under Waste to Wealth, Zero Waste & Economic Development | Written by Sophia Bennett | No Comments | Updated on Feb 14, 2015

Repair & re-sell: Do you have the right to fix your own gadgets?

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

The policy of discouraging or even prohibiting repair and reuse is definitely not a win for the environment, but it is also a serious consumer rights issue. Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 6, 2015

Unveiling the Five Pillars of Energy Democracy

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

Exciting changes are on the horizon for our century-old utility structure as solar power, energy storage, and electric vehicles open new avenues for utility customers to produce their own power and control their energy use. Utilities are scrambling to remain relevant in this technological firestorm, and energy wonks are envisioning a new business model––Utility 2.0––that… Continue reading

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Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Feb 6, 2015

Are We Sunk? The Electric Utility’s Titanic Problem

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/electric-utility-titanic-problem/

In my recent report on the utility business model of the future, I laid out 5 pillars of a democratic energy system. It’s hard not to notice the contrast between this vision of the future and the 15-year business plan laid out by Xcel Energy in Minnesota, the incumbent monopoly serving about half the state’s… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Jan 30, 2015

Utility and Advocate Debate Value of Solar

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/utility-advocate-debate-solar/

At a Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association conference in November 2014, ILSR’s Director of Democratic Energy John Farrell tilted with Xcel Energy’s Rick Evans about the state’s dormant value of solar policy and whether it was likely to be adopted in the near future. Click the following links to see some of the biggest questions… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 28, 2015

Boston Globe the Latest to Support Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/boston-globe-the-latest-to-support-local-authority/

Yet another major news outlet has endorsed the President’s position in support of local telecommunications authority. On January 26th, the Boston Globe went on record to endorse the concept, urging the FCC and Congress to work together to ensure local communities have the right to make their own connecitvity decisions. The Globe suggested that, rather than… Continue reading