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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Oct 4, 2013

Alex Marshall Coming to Humphrey School at U of Minnesota

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/alex-marshall-coming-to-humphrey-school-at-u-of-minnesota/

Six months ago, I wrote about a book by Alex Marshall, the Surprising Design of Market Economies. In a few weeks, he will be presenting to a small group at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. You can learn more about the event and register here. I am looking forward… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Apr 16, 2013

Alex Marshall Examines Electricty / Internet Parallels

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/alex-marshall-examines-electricty-internet-parallels/

“My answer has been, as it is tonight, to point out these plain principles,” Roosevelt told the crowd. “That where a community — a city or county or a district — is not satisfied with the service rendered or the rates charged by the private utility, it has the undeniable basic right, as one of… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 15, 2013

Susan Crawford, Captive Audience, and How to Kill the Cable Monopoly

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/susan-crawford-captive-audience-and-how-to-kill-the-cable-monopoly/

Susan Crawford, author of the just-released Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age, is our guest for the 29th episode of the Community Broadband Bits Podcast. A former adviser to President Obama, she has been a leading figure in the struggle to preserve an open Internet. Susan has long… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 13, 2013

Susan Crawford’s Captive Audience Book Reviewed

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/susan-crawfords-captive-audience-book-reviewed/

I quickly read the just-released Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age, and came away quite excited by Susan Crawford’s new book. Susan Crawford has been supportive of community owned networks and a loud voice against the poor policies that have allowed a few massive cable and telephone companies… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 24, 2012

Tubes Offers an Internet Tour

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/tubes-offers-an-internet-tour/

If you have been trying to find a book that offers an engaging explanation of how the Internet physically works and the various networks interconnect, search no more. Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet by Andrew Blum has done it. The author was featured on Fresh Air way back in May, but… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 29, 2012

New Book Investigates How Big Companies Like AT&T Rip Us Off

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/new-book-investigates-how-big-companies-like-att-rip-us-off/

A  recent book by David Cay Johnston, The Fine Print, examines specifically how big companies have found ways to take advantage of the tax and regulatory systems to their benefit and to the detriment of consumers. The sad part – we don’t even realize it. Johnston discusses how big companies and their leaders exploit tax rules to… Continue reading

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Resource filed under Energy | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Apr 17, 2001

Report: Seeing the Light – Regaining Control of Our Electricity System

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/seeing-light-regaining-control-our-electricity-system/

The California energy crisis is not simply about a lack of electricity it is about who owns the production and distribution of that electricity. As state after state agrees to deregulation, the utility industry is approaching a concentration not seen since the Power Trust of the 1930s. Seeing the Light urges us to change the rules now and create a future that includes affordable, locally-owned electricity. The book chronicles hopeful new developments and reminds us that the best way to prevent another crisis is to build a better system. Continue reading

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Resource filed under Energy | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Nov 5, 1983

Be Your Own Power Company

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/be-your-own-power-company/

This book by David Morris (first published in 1983) was the first how-to book published after Congress ended the 100-year-old monopoly by utilities on the generation of power.  The book examines the technical and economic aspects of four small scale power technologies (photovoltaics, wind power, hydropower and onsite cogeneration) and offers advice on how to negotiate a contract for sale of on-site power to local utilities. Continue reading

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Resource filed under Energy, The Public Good | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Apr 17, 1982

Self-Reliant Cities – Energy and the Transformation of Urban America

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/selfreliant-cities-energy-and-transformation-urban-america/

The first half of this book discusses the century-long struggle by cities to gain autonomy and authority from state governments and create their own planning and service delivery capacities. The second part describes the first urban-based localization movements. Given the relevance of the book to current localist efforts, we’ve written a new foreword that traces the local energy initiatives after the 75 percent plunge in oil prices after 1982 and the coming to power of a new administration hostile to renewable energy. Continue reading

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Resource filed under Energy, The Public Good | Written by David Morris | 5 Comments | Updated on Apr 1, 1982

The New City-States

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/new-citystates/

"From the hills of Seattle to the flatlands of Davis, from the industrial city of Hartford to the universty town of Madison, cities are beginning to redefine their role in our society," begins this important essay.  For Morris the new role should should include inducing the widest distribution of productive capacity.  New technologies make possible a more self-conscious and organic city. Local self-reliance becomes a strategy that embraces economic, environmental, and political goals. Morris argues that we have had far too much government and far too little governance.  Government is bureaucratic. Governance is democratic.  Communities can design their future. The new city-state emerge.  Continue reading