ILSR Video Parody Lampoons Xcel Energy’s Ask for “Blank Check” in Minnesota Legislature

Date: 16 Mar 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestmail

To honor Xcel Energy’s successful introduction of legislation to give itself a “blank check” for its anticipated Prairie Island nuclear power plant retrofit, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and Community Power today released a video to tell the truth about what’s really in the “red box” that’s prevalent in Xcel’s widespread televised advertisements. For more information about Xcel’s power plant bill and where decisions will be made about it, visit… Read More

Legislature Preferences Big Telephone and Cable Corporations Over Rural Tennesseans, Again…

Date: 6 Mar 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestmail

Senator Janice Bowling has long been a champion for rural broadband in Tennessee. On March 6th, her bill SB 1045 came before the Tennessee Senate Commerce and Labor Committee and the members chose not to advance the bill. Once again, big telephone and cable company interests win out over the needs of rural Tennesseans.… Read More

Education – The Public Good Index

Date: 26 Feb 2018 | posted in: The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestmail

Pell grants, awarded solely on need, are the largest single source of non-loan assistance to postsecondary education. Two thirds of Pell recipients enroll in public colleges and universities.

Fraction of tuition, fee, room and board expenses in public four-year colleges covered by Pell Grants in 1975: 79 percent.

In 2017: 29 percent.… Read More

This Northern Minnesota Town is Considering Local, High-Speed Internet Infrastructure Solutions

Date: 20 Feb 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestmail

Last fall, the northern Minnesota community of Ely took up a feasibility study to determine the possibilities of better connectivity with publicly owned Internet infrastructure. They also wanted to explore local interest in investment. After conducting a survey and reviewing the situation, local officials are contemplating moving ahead with two pilot projects.… Read More

Electric Cooperative Connects Rural Colorado to Fiber Internet, New Opportunities

Date: 14 Feb 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestmail

When the San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative (SLVREC) decided to invest in fiber for more efficient electrical operations, they also took the first step toward improving Internet access for residents and businesses in Colorado’s San Luis Valley. The cooperative is building a network for both members and local nonmembers in some of Colorado’s least populated and worst connected areas.

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Loveland, Colorado City Council Moves Forward on Municipal Broadband Network Development

Date: 8 Feb 2018 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestmail

In a series of decisions, Loveland, Colorado’s City Council voted earlier this week to take the next step toward developing a municipal broadband network. In addition to allocating funds to develop a business plan, city leadership established an advisory board, accepted task force recommendations, and voted to amended current code to allow the electric utility to handle communications activities.… Read More

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