Comcast’s Big Gig Rip-Off

Date: 22 Jul 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For some five years now, many have been talking about gigabit Internet access speeds. After arguing for years that no one needed higher capacity connections, Comcast has finally unveiled its new fiber optic option. And as Tech Dirt notes, it is marketed as being twice as fast but costs 4x as much (even more in the … Read More

Watch: Is Socialism What’s Stopping a Fair Value for Solar?

Date: 21 Jul 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Complete nonsense. The most socialistic thing I’ve ever heard. That’s just two quotes from a value of solar conversation between ILSR’s John Farrell and Karl Rábago of the Pace Energy and Climate Center that took place online on July 8, 2015. More and more people are installing solar, significantly reducing their purchase of electricity from utility … Read More

Introducing… MuniNetworks Economic Development Page

Date: 16 Jul 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Access to high-speed, broadband Internet facilitates economic development. Over the years, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance has documented economic successes brought about by community broadband networks. We chose some of the most compelling examples, organized them by topic, and put them in one place for easy reference. Check out our new economic development page. The benefits of … Read More

Watch: Dear Hawaii – Read Your Mail Before Your Utility Sells Out

Date: 12 Jun 2015 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

If your electricity—generated from imported oil—is the most expensive in the country and your solar resource is terrific, you’d expect your electric company to be making great strides toward renewable energy. On Hawai’i, the progress toward clean energy is in limbo, because island’s largest electric utility—largely owned by islanders—is likely to be acquired by mainland utility … Read More

ALEC in Savannah: Local News Video Exposes the Corrupt Process of Lawmaking

Date: 5 Jun 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We have reported on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in the past and stories about ALEC sponsored legislative retreats pop up in the news on a regulary basis. Most recently, NBC Channel 11 from Atlanta reported on the shadowy world of big corporate influence in Georgia. None of this will be new to anyone familiar … Read More

North Carolina Files Petition Opposing FCC Ruling to End Anti-Muni Laws

Date: 22 May 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

It took a while, but the State of North Carolina finally decided to take its turn at the throat of the FCC. Attorneys filed a Petition for Review in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals similar to the one filed by the State of Tennessee in March. The Petition is available for download below. Our official … Read More

Video Available: Connecticut Gigabit State Event

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

On May 5th, Christopher participated in a panel conversation presented by the City of New Haven and the Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel. Video of the event,Moving Towards A Gigabit State: Planning & Financing Municipal Ultra-High-Speed Internet Fiber Networks Through Public-Private Partnerships, is now available. You can watch it from the Connecticut Network website. The final … Read More

Charles Benton, Champion of the Public Interest in Telecom, Passes

Date: 1 May 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The world of media education, communication policy, and philanthropy is mourning the loss of Charles Benton who passed away on April 29. He lived a long life encouraging and empowering individuals and communities to use technology to improve their quality of life. But beyond that, specifically working to remove barriers that discourage historically marginalized communities from … Read More

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