A New Tool to Track Federal Funding for Affordable Broadband

Date: 31 Aug 2022 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In May, we published a story about the fate of the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), based on a prediction model we built that was intended to visualize how long we might expect the $14.2 billion fund to last before needing new Congressional appro…… Read More

Public Power Pt. 2: Community Benefits — Episode 165 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 31 Aug 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Ursula Schryver describes the benefits of consumer-owned utility service and Randy Knight reports on the progress that municipalization brought to Winter Park, Fla. This is part two in a special series: The Promise and Peril of Publicly-Owned Power.… Read More

Inflation Reduction Act Boosts Local Solar — Episode 164 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 19 Aug 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell and guest Katie Kienbaum discuss how the Inflation Reduction Act will support distributed solar through extended tax credits, a greenhouse gas reduction fund, and other incentives.… Read More

Public Power Pt. 1: Why Take Over? — Episode 163 of Local Energy Rules

Date: 17 Aug 2022 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, host John Farrell and community leaders in six different municipalization campaigns explain why a city might attempt to take over its electric utility. This is part one in a special series: The Promise and Peril of Publicly-Owned Power.… Read More

Duluth, Minnesota Could Revolutionize Affordable Internet Access Citywide

Date: 12 Aug 2022 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Like countless U.S. communities, Duluth, Minnesota (pop. 86,000) got a crash course on the importance of affordable broadband during the Covid-19 crisis. Those struggles in telecommuting and home education helped fuel a dramatic new broadband expansion…… Read More

As Heat Islands Worsen in Baltimore, Local Composting Can Relieve Its Effects

Date: 9 Aug 2022 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Across the U.S., the effects of 2022’s record high heat temperatures are widespread as climate change continues to exacerbate rising temperatures, intensifying heat-induced dangers to the public health and wellbeing of urban communities, Baltimore included. While the corporate sector is responsible for the majority of emissions causing rapid climate change, there are some green infrastructure and waste-reduction practices to enlist at the local level that can help curb the impacts of the warming climate.… Read More

Five Rural Maine Towns Form Coalition for Affordable Broadband

Date: 5 Aug 2022 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Southwestern Waldo County Broadband Coalition (SWCBC) is close to securing a major victory for local Internet choice in the face of a well-funded opposition campaign sweeping the Pine Tree State as the Big Telecom lobby and its allies try to underm…… Read More

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