Democratic Energy Media Roundup – January 5, 2015

Date: 7 Jan 2015 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week in democratic energy, community solar projects are predicted to rule 2015 and net metering policies are opening the market for a brighter future. Jeff St. John started us off with why he thinks 2014 could be dubbed the year of the “smart grid.” From building on the prior wave of investment in AMI networks [advanced … Read More

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – December 22, 2014

Date: 23 Dec 2014 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week in democratic energy, media reports discussed solar developments across the states. ILSR’s recent report, Beyond Utility 2.0 to Energy Democracy, was covered in Utility Dive. Herman K. Trabish writes: “From integrating more distributed generation to pushing electric vehicle chargers and home energy advising, 2014 has seen a number of utilities making big changes to … Read More

Community Broadband Media Roundup – October 3, 2014

Date: 5 Oct 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

“The Times, they are a-changin” quoted Chairman Wheeler this week in St. Paul. And with it, must come faster Internet speeds if the United States is going to keep up in the competitive economy. Multichannel’s John Eggerton reported on Wheeler’s visit to the National Association of Telecommunications Officer and Advisors (NATOA) conference this week, where Wheeler … Read More

First Muni Fiber Net in Maine – Community Broadband Bits Episode 115

Date: 9 Sep 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

By building a fiber line to allow some local businesses to get next-generation Internet access, Rockport became the first municipal fiber network in the state of Maine. Town Manager Richard Bates joins us for episode 115 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast. We discuss the financing behind the network and their partnership with local Internet Service … Read More

Rockport Builds Maine’s First Municipal Network

Date: 22 Aug 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Rockport, a coastal town of just 3,300, became a statewide leader last month by launching Maine’s first municipal broadband network. Offering symmetrical gigabit speeds to businesses and residents, Rockport’s network is a carrier-neutral dark fiber system, with local private provider GWI offering retail services.  The reach of the network is limited, as it consists of only … Read More

Sanford, Maine Studies Municipal Broadband Deployment

Date: 4 Aug 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Sanford, a city of about 21,000 in far southwestern Maine, is weighing its options for a limited fiber optic network. The Sanford Regional Economic Growth Council has been the driving force behind the project, hiring Tilson Technology Management of Portland earlier this year to develop a Broadband Plan for Sanford. The Growth Council began exploring broadband … Read More

Gig.U Delivers its Gigabit to Maine

Date: 17 May 2012 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We continue to watch the Gig.U project with interest as some universities are teaming up with providers to deliver gigabit services to selected areas, generally around high tech campuses. One of the first project announcements has come from Orono, Maine. The University of Maine and a private company called GWI are teaming up to bring real … Read More

Maine’s Community Solar Program

Date: 22 Apr 2011 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Maine’s Net Energy Billing system (2011) allows shared ownership of renewable facilities and virtual net metering. Participants must own a portion of the generation facility. This post summarizes the policy and compiles additional Maine community solar resources.… Read More

Maine Needs Publicly Owned Broadband

Date: 27 Oct 2009 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Current providers won’t encourage the competition necessary to improve service and cut costs.

Last January, as the economy spiraled downward, Time Warner did what no other company could have gotten away with under the circumstances: It imposed a price increase of as much as 5.5 percent on its Maine customers.

Meanwhile, the state’s other major broadband Internet provider, FairPoint, has amassed a stunning track record of mismanagement and abysmal customer service.

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