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

Date: 10 Dec 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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 … Read More

The #1 Solar Utility is in…Iowa? – Episode 12 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 5 Dec 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

It may be one of the oldest cooperative utilities in the country, but in the next six months, Farmers Electric Cooperative (FEC) of southeastern Iowa will be leading the nation in this 21st century energy source. Upon completion of a new solar array, the 640-member cooperative will have over 1,500 Watts of solar per customer on their system, nearly double the #2 utility. It’s also the most reliable utility in Iowa. How can this small, member-owned utility in Kalona be “America’s Most Progressive Utility”?… Read More

Cedar Falls Shows Long Term Muni Network Success: Community Broadband Bits Episode #75

Date: 3 Dec 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Cedar Falls Utilities operates one of the oldest community owned networks in the nation. It started as a cable network in the 90’s, upgraded to FTTH recently, and this year began offering the first citywide gigabit service in Iowa. CFU … Read More

Billy Ray on the Origins of the First Muni Broadband Network: Community Broadband Bits Episode #74

Date: 26 Nov 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Last month, we unveiled a video teaser of our interviews in Glasgow, Kentucky over the summer regarding its municipal broadband network. This week our podcast features a few clips from those interviews with Billy Ray, the Superintendent of Glasgow’s Electric … Read More

A Once-in-a-Generation Chance to Achieve a City’s Energy Goals – Episode 11 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 21 Nov 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

“We have this once-in-a-generation negotiation coming up next year and it’s a chance for Minneapolis to explore what its energy choices might be and how it could achieve its energy goals.” Earlier this week, the Minneapolis city council got an … Read More

Stacy Mitchell Talks Walmart & Challenging Corporate Power on WNUR’s This Is Hell!

Date: 26 Aug 2013 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In this 30-minute interview on “This Is Hell!”, recently voted Chicago’s best talk radio show, ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell talks about how Walmart is undermining the American economy and why being more engaged citizens, rather than better consumers, is the best way to counter corporate power. … Read More

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