Municipal Networks and Small ISP Partners to FCC: Title II Not a Problem

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

A group of municipal leaders and their private sector small ISP partners submitted an ex parte filing with the FCC today stating that they see no reason to fear Title II reclassification of Internet access. The statement, signed by a variety of towns and providers from different areas of the country is reproduced in full: Dear … Read More

Community Broadband Media Roundup – February 1

Date: 8 Feb 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The mayors of 38 US cities came out this week to let the FCC know they want the authority to build high speed Internet networks. Jon Gold with Network World covered the story and reminded readers of the more heavy-handed tactics of our Comcast and TWC.  Three U.S. senators introduced a Community Broadband Act this week. Mario … Read More

Community Broadband Media Roundup – February 1

Date: 8 Feb 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The mayors of 38 US cities came out this week to let the FCC know they want the authority to build high speed Internet networks. Jon Gold with Network World covered the story and reminded readers of the more heavy-handed tactics of our Comcast and TWC.  Three U.S. senators introduced a Community Broadband Act this week. Mario … Read More

Boston Globe the Latest to Support Local Authority

Date: 28 Jan 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Yet another major news outlet has endorsed the President’s position in support of local telecommunications authority. On January 26th, the Boston Globe went on record to endorse the concept, urging the FCC and Congress to work together to ensure local communities have the right to make their own connecitvity decisions. The Globe suggested that, rather than allowing … Read More

Cascade Alliance Network Grows Stronger

Date: 27 Jan 2015 | posted in: waste - zero waste, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A unique network of eight social service agencies gathered in Eugene, OR last month. The Cascade Alliance meeting was the coming out event for the network of East Coast agencies along with their anchor organization, Saint Vincent De Paul of Lane County. The agencies located in cities from Lowell, MA to Orlando, FL have become entrepreneurs, establishing … Read More

Massachusetts Towns Consider WiredWest Opportunity

Date: 26 Jan 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Eleven Select boards in Franklin County are ready to take the next step with WiredWest Cooperative. According to the Recorder, the towns of Ashfield, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, New Salem, Rowe, Shutesbury, Warwick and Wendell have all approved nonbinding resolutions taking them into the financial planning phase. Last fall, the organization and the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) agreed … Read More

Community Broadband Media Roundup – January 9

Date: 12 Jan 2015 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Susan Crawford’s latest piece on municipal broadband discussed a real problem that mayors of communities can have a definite impact in helping resolve: the digital divide. Think of that divide, now amplifying and entrenching existing social problems in your city, as similar to a failure to provide a functional street grid. You don’t have to provide retail … Read More

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

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