The History and Hope for a First-in-the-Nation City-Utility Clean Energy Partnership

Date: 17 Nov 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the past month, the city of Minneapolis and its two investor-owned utilities adopted the nation’s first clean energy partnership, with a wide range of goals including meeting the city’s ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. How did it happen and what can it accomplish? The following 8-minute video from one of the “lead rabble rousers” … Read More

Can PUCs Lead on Distributed Renewable Energy?

Date: 7 Aug 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

If you’re like most renewable energy advocates that have interacted with a Public Utilities Commission, you probably don’t think they’re a repository of progressive policy toward distributed renewable energy.  In general, you’re right. But it’s worth sharing a few, promising examples of Public Utilities Commissions around the U.S. that are actually making things better for distributed … Read More

Understanding Title II and Network Neutrality – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #101

Date: 3 Jun 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

With all of the recent media discussions around network neutrality, reclassification, and “Title II,” we decided to spend this week talking with Matt Wood, Policy Director for Free Press to simplify some key issues. For all the hub-bub around reclassification and dramatic claims that it represents some kind of fundamental policy shift, the truth is actually … Read More

Bill Moyers on Network Neutrality and Threat from Comcast

Date: 6 May 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Bill Moyers has returned to again discuss Network Neutrality with guests Susan Crawford and David Carr from the New York Times. The show is embedded below and well worth watching, especially toward the end as Bill reveals the revolving-door between the top levels of the Federal Communication Commission and industry lobbyists. During the show, they also … Read More

Michael Powell said What?? Why Everyone Should Ignore the Cable Lobby

Date: 30 Apr 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Stop and think for a second. Would you regard the electricity grid and water system as an abysmal failure or success? If you are lobbying for cable companies in DC, you apparently think they are monumental failures. Michael Powell, former Chairman of the FCC must be dizzy after his trip through the revolving door on his … Read More

Report: Energy Storage – The Next Charge for Distributed Energy

Date: 26 Mar 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Browse the Report Introduction What is Energy Storage? Empowering Local Energy Community Solar and Storage Removing Barriers to Storage Supporting Renewable Energy Summary Footnotes DOWNLOAD THE REPORT Executive Summary Distributed energy storage promises to change the electricity system during the next decade, as fundamentally as distributed renewable energy has in the last decade. Already, promising examples … Read More

History of the Quickly Subverted 1996 Telecommunications Act – Community Broadband Bits Episode 89

Date: 11 Mar 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

If all had gone according to the plan behind the 1996 Telecommunications Act, we would have lots of competition among Internet service providers, not just cable and DSL but other technologies as well. Alas, the competing technologies never really appeared and various incarnations of the FCC effectively gutted the common carriage requirements at the heart of … Read More

Big Incumbents At It Again In Kentucky; Mimi Pickering in the Richmond Register

Date: 20 Feb 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Yet again, lobbyists from AT&T, Windstream, and Cincinnati Bell are lobbying state elected officials under the false guise of improving communications in Kentucky. In a Richmond Register opinion piece, Mimi Pickering from the Rural Broadband Policy Group revealed the practical consequences of Senate Bill 99. Republican Senator Paul Hornback is once again the lead sponsor on the … Read More

FCC to Investigate Barriers to Community Networks

Date: 19 Feb 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

We are supportive of the announcement today from the Federal Communications Commission. We salute the FCC for beginning to examine how state level barriers against municipal networks deter investment in the networks both communities and the nation desperately need. From the statement: The Commission will look for opportunities to enhance Internet access competition. One obvious candidate … Read More

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