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Federal Subsidies
Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Wade | No Comments | Updated on Dec 26, 2013

Planning for Phasing Out Incentives

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

Over the next decade, solar electricity will let consumers get cheaper energy from their rooftop than from their utility. Among the upheaval in the electricity system, the coming of solar “grid parity” means re-thinking incentives for solar energy. The success of solar is remarkable, no less because the amount of federal subsidy in absolute terms… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Dec 11, 2013

Webinar on IP Transition from Public Knowledge and Center for Media Justice

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/webinar-ip-transition-public-knowledge-and-center-media-justice

Public Knowledge and the Center for Media Justice have an eye on the transition from traditional copper landline telephone service to Internet-protocol services. As we move forward, both organizations continue to educate citizens on telecommunications policy and how it can affect us. On December 12, at 2:00 p.m. EST, both groups will collaborate for a… Continue reading

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Article, Resource filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 10, 2013

Solar Powered Wireless on the Reservation – Community Broadband Bits Episode #76

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/solar-powered-wireless-reservation-community-broadband-bits-episode-76

When it comes to building a community owned wireless network, few have more experience than Matthew Rantanen, our guest for the Community Broadband Bits podcast this week. Rantanen has an impressive list of titles, two of which are Director of Technology for the Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association (SCTCA) and Director of the Tribal Digital… Continue reading

all-pervasive-nsa-surveilliance-impacts-all-of-us
Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Nov 29, 2013

All-Pervasive NSA Surveilliance Impacts All of Us

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/all-pervasive-nsa-surveilliance-impacts-all-us

We continue to oppose the federal government’s foray into creating a high tech surveillance state where the National Security Agency effectively has unlimited power to spy on Americans. The New York Times has released an op-doc embedded below that offers good reasons all Americans should be concerned, even if most are not doing anything they… Continue reading

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

Rural Broadband Association to FCC: “Satellite Is Not Broadband”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/rural-broadband-association-fcc-satellite-not-broadband

The Rural Broadband Association (NTCA) recently filed a report with the FCC as it examines the role of the Universal Services Fund (USF) in communications. Telecompetitor reports that NTCA filed the report as part of comments on November 7, 2013. The report by Vantage Point telecommunications engineering firm criticizes the argument that satellite is a… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Nov 19, 2013

Common Cause, Network Neutrality, and the FCC Come Together in Episode 73 of Community Broadband Bits Podcast

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/common-cause-network-neutrality-and-fcc-come-together-episode-73-community-broadband-bits

We welcome Todd O’Boyle of the good government group Common Cause to our Community Broadband Bits podcast this week. He is the Director of the Media and Democracy program there, which recently released an explanation of network neutrality in comic form, which we discuss in our discussion. We also talk about the impression of municipal… Continue reading

Xcel Energy excessive community solar fees Minnesota 2013
Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Nov 11, 2013

Improvements Needed to Xcel’s Proposed MN Community Solar Program

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/improvements-needed-xcels-proposed-mn-community-solar-program/

Xcel Energy has published their proposed community solar program on Sept. 30, 2013 and ILSR submitted comments on the unlawfully capped and fee-crazy program last week. Comments below Public Comments on Community Solar (Docket E-002/M-13-867) Program Design Requirements Does Xcel’s proposed plan for operating a community solar garden (CSG) meet all the program design requirements,… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Nov 10, 2013

New Free Press Infographic: Stop the Corporate Cyclops From Gobbling Up Local Media

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/new-free-press-infographic-stop-corporate-cyclops-gobbling-local-media

When we think of the enormous cyclops we don’t usually imagine him in a suit and tie but the Free Press does and it works. In their recent Media Giants infographic, the Free Press uses the hulking one-eyed beast to represent corporate behemoths slowly taking control of our media through smaller shell companies. As media… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Nov 7, 2013

Postcard to Welcome FCC Chair Tom Wheeler

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/postcard-welcome-fcc-chair-tom-wheeler

As part of the Media Action Grassroots Network, we are releasing this postcard and have tweeted it to welcome FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and suggest an action the FCC should take. Continue reading

Winter solar panels Minnesota
Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 31, 2013

Sticking Points on Value of Solar – Pt. 3 of Minnesota’s Process

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/sticking-points-solar-pt-3-minnesotas-process/

Round 3 of Minnesota’s stakeholder process on the value of solar power (10/15/13) focused on the remaining unresolved tensions between stakeholders, and it started with a reminder of the charge, with quotes from the enabling law. A utility may apply to the Public Utilities Commission for a value of solar tariff that compensates customers through… Continue reading