The Broadband Challenge

Date: 18 Jul 2012 | posted in: Media Coverage, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Line, July 18, 2012 Here’s the pop quiz for today–If you wanted to use your garage for a high-tech startup, one that was going to require a gig of connectivity, where would be the best possible place for that garage to be located? Silicon Valley? Raleigh-Durham’s Research Triangle? The Twin Cities? Wrong, wrong and wrong. … Read More

The Malling of San Francisco

Date: 10 Jul 2012 | posted in: Media Coverage, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

San Francisco Bay Guardian, July 10, 2012 Shopping malls filled with national chain stores and restaurants are in many respects the antithesis of San Francisco. They’re the bane of any metropolis that strives to be unique and authentic. And those just happen to be qualities that make tourism this city’s number one industry.  The logic of … Read More

How the Digital Divide Developed in New Orleans

Date: 5 Jul 2012 | posted in: Media Coverage, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Poynter, July 5, 2012 Come September when changes at The Times-Picayune take effect, not only will New Orleans become the largest city without a daily newspaper, its residents will likely become some of the most disconnected in the country.  New Orleans lags behind the rest of the U.S. when it comes to broadband Internet service connections, … Read More

South Carolina Latest State To Restrict Rural Internet Projects

Date: 3 Jul 2012 | posted in: Media Coverage, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Huffington Post, July 3, 2012 In 2010, two counties in South Carolina, Orangeburg and Oconee, received federal funding to deliver broadband Internet to residents without access.  The projects were the first of their kind in South Carolina.  Now, they may also be the last. Last week, South Carolina passed a law that imposes new regulations … Read More

Disbanded: No Broadband Utility for Seattle

Date: 26 Jun 2012 | posted in: Media Coverage, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Seattle Met Magazine, June 26, 2012 For years Seattle has welched on its promise to build a municipal broadband network. We may have Tacoma to blame—and thank—for that. For Seattleites desperately in need of a break on their Internet bill, it had to be a drag to discover in early May that their last best hope … Read More

What Is Holding Back Solar Feed-In-Tariff Programs In The U.S. Market?

Date: 25 Jun 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Media Coverage | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Solar Industry Magazine, June 21, 2012 Feed-in tariffs (FITs) have spurred the installation of more than three-quarters of global solar capacity. Germany’s FIT – perhaps one of the best-known programs – has led to the development of more than 50,000 MW of solar power and wind power domestically since its inception in 1990. But despite this … Read More

Update on Sibley-Renville County Fiber Project

Date: 23 Jun 2012 | posted in: Media Coverage | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Blandin Foundation, June 23, 2012 Chris Mitchell, with Institute for Local Self Reliance, has started a podcast series talking with folks who are involved with community networks. This week he spoke with Linda Kramer with the Marketing Committee of the Sibley-Renville Fiber Project in rural Minnesota’s Sibley County. The interview is a good introduction to the … Read More

States Try Variants of Feed-In Tariff to Help Connect Solar, Wind Power to Grid

Date: 20 Jun 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Media Coverage | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

E&E News – Tuesday, June 19, 2012 While much of the renewable energy sector remains focused on extending federal tax credits for wind, solar and other alternative fuels, utilities and small-scale energy producers in more than a dozen states are forging ahead with programs that pay renewable energy producers a fixed rate for power they put … Read More

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