Top 10 Reasons to Support Community Power

Date: 26 Oct 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Building local equity is the key to campaigns for 100% renewable energy, giving everyone a chance to own a piece of their energy future.

What does control of our electric grid look like? Check out these images to help illustrate the importance of clean, local energy.… Read More

EPB Turns Up The Speed To 10 Gigs

Date: 15 Oct 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Chattanooga’s EPB Fiber Optics now offers 10 gigabit Internet access to all households and businesses in its service area. The ultra-fast service is available for $299 per month with free installation, no contracts, and no cancellation fees, announced community leaders at a press conference on October 15th. In addition to 10 gig service, EPB is also … Read More

Op-Ed: Community Broadband Networks Drive NC Economy

Date: 1 Oct 2015 | posted in: Media Coverage, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Roanoke Daily Herald published this op-ed about local government action for broadband networks on September 25, 2015. We were responding to an earlier Op-Ed, available here. Christopher Mitchell wrote the following op-ed. It is stunning any legislator can look at the constituents they serve in rural North Carolina and think, “‘These people don’t need the … Read More

P3 between Westminster and Ting is “Community Broadband Innovative Partnership of the Year”

Date: 10 Sep 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) recently named the public private partnership (P3) between the City of Westminster, MD and Ting Inc. as 2015’s “Community Broadband Innovative Partnership of the Year.”  NATOA will officially honor the partnership at their Community Broadband Awards ceremony in San Diego this week. In a press release NATOA praised … Read More

New Reference From U-W Extension is a Library Must-Have

Date: 19 Aug 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The University of Wisconsin-Extension recently released Broadband Policies and Regulations for Wisconsin Stakeholders, a good addition to your digital library, especially if you have in interest in Wisconsin and midwestern broadband issues. The document provides case studies and an in-depth list of references addressing: Public-private partnerships Local ordinances Technology councils Community engagement Local government telecommunications services … Read More

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Own ‘Em—Utilities Muscle in to Rooftop Solar Market

Date: 11 Aug 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the past five years, rooftop solar has revealed the limitations of the archaic electric utility business model, as customers have found generating their own power more cost effective than taking 100% of their energy from the incumbent monopoly. For years, utilities have fought back by trying to make competition less cost effective, at a substantial … Read More

Who Has Citywide Gigabit Internet Access for $100 or Less?

Date: 10 Aug 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As Westminster begins serving customers with its new FTTH network and partner Ting, we were curious how many communities are there where a residential subscriber can obtain affordable gigabit access? We estimate the number of networks, large or small, where a majority of residents in a community can obtain gigabit service for $100 or less to … Read More

To Lease or To Own: Simplified Solar Calculator

Date: 4 Aug 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Now simplified, the new solar lease calculator is here. Just enter in your zip code, electric utility, and solar array size. Then set the terms of your loan or lease to see how solar ownership stacks up against third-party options. Purchase (cash): Customer owns the PV system from day one, pays upfront with cash Purchase (loan): Customer owns … Read More

Clean Power Plan: 50 Ways to Get More Clean, Local Energy

Date: 3 Aug 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Obama administration released the Clean Power Plan today requiring substantial greenhouse gas emissions reductions from the electricity sector. The plan sets targets from the top down, but largely leaves the details to states, providing a significant opportunity to craft rules that encourage energy development and ownership from the bottom up. These 50 state plans have … Read More

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