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Featured Article, Report, Resource filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Sep 30, 2016

Report: Is Bigger Best in Renewable Energy?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/report-is-bigger-best/

  Download the Report   Browse the Report Introduction: The Savings of Size?     Renewable Energy Economies of Scale Evidence to the Contrary     Limits to Scale in Wind     Limits to Scale in Solar     Does Big or Small Grow Fastest? Why Economics Isn’t the Issue Summary Footnotes   Conventional wisdom… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 20, 2015

The Other Side of Network Neutrality – Content Neutrality

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-other-side-of-network-neutrality-content-neutrality/

We are pleased to bring you a guest post from Levi C. Maaia, president of Full Channel Labs and a graduate research fellow at the Center for Education Research on Literacies, Learning & Inquiry in Networking Communities (LINC) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Levi is a strong advocate for local, family owned businesses… Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 1 Comment | Updated on Aug 1, 2014

With Liberty and Solar for All

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

For over 100 years, the American economy has been fueled by enormous expansion of fossil fuel energy. It has emitted a disproportionate share of its environmental impact (too much) and economic rewards (too few) on those less fortunate. More than any 21st century energy source, solar can power an equitable and environmentally sound energy future. … Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jul 8, 2014

Early Lessons from Longmont – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 106

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/early-lessons-from-longmont-community-broadband-bits-podcast-106/

Longmont is about to break ground on the citywide FTTH gigabit network but it is already offering services to local businesses and a few neighborhoods that started as pilot projects. Vince Jordan, previously a guest two years ago, is back to update us on their progress. Until recently, Vince was the Telecom Manager for Longmont… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jul 2, 2014

Wireless Commons Part 1: Interference Is a Myth, but the FCC Hasn’t Caught on Yet

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/wireless-commons-part-1-interference-is-a-myth-but-the-fcc-hasnt-caught-on-yet/

This is the first in two-part series on spectrum basics and how we could better manage the spectrum to encourage innovation and prevent either large corporations or government from interfering with our right to communicate. Part 2 is available here. We often think of all our wireless communications as traveling separate on paths: television, radio,… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 2, 2014

Krugman Calls out the Barons of Broadband

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/krugman-calls-out-the-barons-of-broadband/

We should probably be thanking Comcast for its attempt to take over Time Warner Cable. It has inspired a shocking amount of vitriol against the cable monopolies, including an entertaining but NSFW video with strong language from Funny or Die. Whereas people were largely content to mostly silently hate Comcast and Time Warner Cable separately,… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 28, 2014

The Real Threats from Monopoly – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #83

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-real-threats-from-monopoly-community-broadband-bits-podcast-83/

When we think about the threat of monopoly, we almost always focus on how monopolies can raise prices beyond what is reasonable. But there are many threats from monopolies and many are much more dangerous to a free society than higher prices. This week, monopoly expert Barry Lynn joins us for the Community Broadband Bits… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on May 17, 2013

Joanne Hovis on Business Plans for Municipal Fiber

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/joanne-hovis-on-business-plans-for-municipal-fiber/

Joanne Hovis, President of CTC Technology and Energy, recently published a must-read article in Broadband Properties Magazine. Whether you are a community leader investigating the possibility of a publicly owned network or an engaged citizen looking for pros and cons, this piece explains practical benefits succinctly. In her article, The Business Case For Government Fiber Networks [PDF],… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Dec 23, 2012

Making Markets Work – Information Asymmetry

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/making-markets-work-information-asymmetry/

An article about health care in the 2012 November Wired offers a strong reminder of how important smart government policy plays in making markets function well. In the early 1950s, it was nearly impossible to know the value of an automobile. They had prices, yes, but these would differ radically from dealer to dealer, the… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Aug 4, 2012

Television Ad Revenue for Small Networks

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/television-ad-revenue-for-small-networks/

When communities are trying to figure out how to pay for networks, they sometimes fail to explore some logical places. A recent article on Telecompetitor gives us an estimate for revenues from inserting ads in cable television programming. Before the economic downturn, a typical small video service provider could expect between $1.25 and $2.00 a… Continue reading