Video To Share: Rural America, Broadband Help is Not on the Way

Date: 6 Jul 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

If you live in rural America, chances are you know what it’s like to have inadequate Internet access. If you’ve heard about the Connect America Fund, however, you probably think help is on the way and your problems will soon be over; you’ll get the kind of speeds available in large cities, right? Wrong. Our short video on … Read More

To Overbuild or Underbuild? A Rural Policy Conundrum – Community Broadband Bits Podcast #91

Date: 25 Mar 2014 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Lisa Gonzalez and I, Christopher Mitchell, are back in studio for a short conversation about the implications of a municipal network or a coop receiving subsidies from government to engage in overbuilding, where it builds a fiber network in an area already served by slow DSL and cable networks. This has become an important issue as … Read More

What Utilities Can Do for Distributed Solar

Date: 31 Oct 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 2 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Last week the Minnesota Public Utility Commission had a rare live public comment period on Xcel Energy’s long term planning process (called an Integrated Resource Plan).  At the urging of several fellow clean energy advocates, I gave my 3 minute testimony about the enormous gulf between Xcel’s 10-year plan for solar power and the solar opportunity. … Read More