Muni Broadband Networks: In for the Long Haul

Date: 20 May 2008 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Minneapolis, Minn.—(May 20, 2008).  In a matter of days, MetroFi and Earthlink have announced they are abandoning the municipal wireless market.  Both will shut down their existing Wi-Fi networks in several cities if they cannot find buyers.

The private sector has largely decided municipal Wi-Fi networks are not profitable. But the public sector has come to the opposite conclusion and is continuing to build networks.  Why?

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Driving Our Way to Energy Independence

Date: 13 Mar 2008 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Updating a pathbreaking 2003 report, ILSR’s March 2008 report, Driving Our Way to Energy Independence, describes how commercially available technologies today could transform our petroleum powered transportation system into one powered by electricity and biofuels. Provisions in the recently passed Energy Act could accelerate that transformation.… Read More

25 VERMONT TOWNS JOIN EAST CENTRAL VERMONT COMMUNITY FIBER NETWORK

Date: 5 Mar 2008 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Minneapolis, Minn.– (March 5, 2008).  The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) congratulates the 25 Vermont towns that have voted to join the East Central Vermont Community Fiber Network.  These rural towns have rejected dependency on outside providers in order to build the infrastructure they need.

At least nine of the towns were unanimous in their support of the publicly owned fiber network.  Many of the other towns still registered over 90% support for the measure.

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New Anti-Ethanol Studies Reach Wrong Conclusion on Greenhouse Gases

Date: 15 Feb 2008 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A new policy brief from Institute for Local Self Reliance criticizes the authors of two recent studies published in Science for advancing a conclusion not supported by their own studies. ILSR’s paper notes that the vast majority of today’s ethanol production comes from corn cultivated on land that has been in corn production for generations.… Read More

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