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Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Karlee Weinmann | No Comments | Updated on Aug 29, 2016

Distributed Generation Under Fire (Q2 2016)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/distributed-generation-under-fire-q2-2016/

States nationwide continued to adjust their solar generation policies in ways that curtail the benefits of distributed generation in the second quarter of this year, a trend that softened slightly after a harsh start to 2016. All told, 42 states plus Washington D.C. saw policy action related to net metering, rate design or solar ownership… Continue reading

Distributed Generation Under Fire Q1 2016
Article, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Karlee Weinmann | No Comments | Updated on Jul 14, 2016

Distributed Generation Under Fire (Q1 2016)

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/distributed-generation-under-fire-q1-2016/

It all comes down to the money. Discord over compensation for solar customers and utilities alike bled into the first part of the year, extending a long-running debate over the best ways to integrate solar power and — thanks to a few hard-line policy moves — threatening to hold back growth in the solar marketplace…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 9, 2015

Tennessee Farm Bureau Association Backs State Legislation to End Barriers

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/tennessee-farm-bureau-association-backs-state-legislation-to-end-barriers/

The Tennessee Farm Bureau Association recently put its support behind state legislation from Senator Janice Bowling and Rep. Kevin Brooks reports the Times Free Press.  The Bureau told the Times Free Press: “Our members are hungry to have broadband,” said Rhedonna Rose, executive vice president of the 600,000-member Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation. “We represent a… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 25, 2015

Opelika Speaks From Experience: Support Local Authority!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/opelika-speaks-from-experience-support-local-authority/

Opelika has offered FTTH to residents and businesses for less than six months but already it is singing the praises of local choice. Mayor Gary Fuller is now speaking out in an opinion piece in AL.com, encouraging the FCC to allow Wilson, Chattanooga, and other communities to have the same opportunity as Opelika. Mayor Fuller… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 31, 2015

Local Authority Restrictions One of the “Worst Policy Ideas of 2014” According to Wonkblog

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/local-authority-restrictions-one-of-the-worst-policy-ideas-of-2014-according-to-wonkblog/

We are well into the new year; a look back at 2014 can be instructive if we strive to learn from our mistakes. A December article from the Washington post Wonkblog listed “11 of the worst policy ideas of 2014” and, of course, state barriers restricting local telecommunications authority was on the list: Fed up… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 13, 2015

Missouri Bill Creates New Barriers to Community Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/missouri-bill-creates-new-barriers-to-community-networks/

Republican State Representative Rocky Miller began the new legislative session with a bill designed to yank authority from local communities that need better connectivity.  Even though the state already preempts local authority to sell telecommunications services and requires a referendum for cable, there is a current exemption for “Internet-type services.” HB 437 [PDF] removes that exemption and would make… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 31, 2014

The FCC Is Our Best Shot to Restore Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-fcc-is-our-best-shot-to-restore-local-authority/

For the first time in many years, we have an opportunity to repeal some particularly destructive state laws limiting investment in community networks. To be clear, this is our best shot. I’ve already covered the background and offered a blanket encouragement for you to post comments. Chairman Wheeler has been looking for an opportunity to… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 29, 2014

Chattanooga and Wilson Comment Period Open; Tell the FCC You Support Local Authority

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/chattanooga-and-wilson-comment-period-open-tell-the-fcc-you-support-local-authority/

Last week, the communities of Chattanooga and Wilson, North Carolina, filed petitions with the FCC. Both communities requested that the agency remove state barriers preventing expansion beyond their current service areas. On July 28, the FCC established a public comment calendar for the request. It is imperative that all those with an interest in better… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jul 7, 2014

Local Government Groups: “We Need Local Authority”

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/local-government-groups-we-need-local-authority/

As the FCC considers the role of local authority in expanding Internet access, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is hearing from coalitions opposing state barriers on municipal networks. On July 3, Executive Directors from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA), the National League of Cities (NLC), and the National Association of Counties (NACo)… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 21, 2014

Governing Looks at What the Comcast – Time Warner Cable Merger Could Do to Munis

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/governing-looks-at-what-the-comcast-time-warner-cable-merger-could-do-to-munis/

The debate surrounding the proposed Comcast Time Warner Cable merger continues. The Department of Justice and the FCC ruminate over the deal while the media speculates about the future. Governing recently published an article on potential side effects for the municipal network movement. Tod Newcombe reached out to Chris for expert opinion. From Governing: Partially… Continue reading