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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

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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 25, 2013

Big Utility’s Two-Faced Talk on Low-Carbon Energy [infographic]

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/big-utility-two-faced-on-low-carbon-energy/

What happens when a monopoly utility sees a threat to their business model? A lot of two-faced talking to regulators about the best carbon-free energy sources. Read here for more background.     Like what you see?  Get a weekly email on Democratic Energy, or follow us on Twitter: Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 20, 2013

Hilarious Video Compares Fiber to the Home with Fiber to the Node

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/hilarious-video-compares-fiber-home-fiber-node

Another great video from Australia makes many salient points regarding the debate over their national broadband network. One key point to take away is that it is possible to talk to non-technical normal people about this subject without overwhelming them or boring them. Another is that FTTN = fiber to the nowhere, not fiber to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Oct 14, 2013

Industry Lobbyists Oppose Gigabit Communities Race to the Top Proposal – Part 2

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/industry-lobbyists-oppose-gigabit-communities-race-top-proposal-part-2

This is Part 2 in a two-part series discussing comments submitted to the FCC in response to a petition filed by Fiber-To-The-Home Council proposing a new Gigabit Community Race to the Top program. In Part 1 of this post, I focused mainly on the complaints filed by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) against… Continue reading

Winter solar panels Minnesota
Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Oct 8, 2013

Debating the Value of Solar – Pt. 2 of Minnesota’s Process

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/debating-solar-pt-2-minnesotas-process/

It was an unseasonably sunny day for part two of Minnesota’s value of solar stakeholder process: participation day. The leadoff was the Department of Commerce’s proposed approach to a value of solar methodology.  Shown below, it set some broad principles the Department intends to use in the value of solar formula it develops:    … Continue reading