Community Of Coulee Dam Acquires Local Fiber For Future

Date: 29 Dec 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The central Washington community of Coulee Dam took a significant step this month to establishing its own fiber optic network. At a December 27th special city council meeting, they announced that they had purchased one mile of fiber optic cable and equipment from Basin Broadband, LLC, for $34,995. According to The Star, the former owners had … Read More

Lessons From the Nation’s Oldest Open Access Fiber Network – Community Broadband Bits Podcast 279

Date: 15 Nov 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Podcast | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This is episode 279 of our Community Broadband Bits podcast! Community Broadband Bits is a short weekly podcast featuring interviews with people building community networks or otherwise involved with Internet policy. Grant County’s Public Utility District was, along with some nearby PUDs, among the very first deployers of Fiber-to-the-Home networks shortly after the turn of the millennium. And … Read More

Grassroots Broadband Groups Grow Across the U.S.

Date: 26 Sep 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Community networks are hyper-local movements. As we have researched these networks, we have often uncovered the work of grassroots activists trying to make a difference in their cities. Today, we’ve gathered together a collection to show how small groups of local people can make a big difference.… Read More

Brief History of Solid Waste Management and Recycling in Washington, DC

The history of solid waste and recycling in the District of Columbia is long and diverse. In the early years of the 20th Century low-income girls and women were hired to pick through garbage on sorting tables to recover materials. In the more recent past, recycling of newspapers and metals was a key fundraising tool for … Read More

Data Collection: New Local Rule Helps Protect Seattle Citizens

Date: 8 May 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Seattle is the latest local government taking steps to protect citizens’ data. As of May 24th, companies with franchise agreements allowing them to operate in the city must obtain customer permission to sell personal data or browsing histories. The three companies operating in Seattle are Comcast, CenturyLink and Wave Broadband. Opting In vs. Opting Out In … Read More

Washington’s Community Solar Program

Date: 22 Apr 2017 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Washington’s 2017 Community Renewables Enabling Act provides a $0.30/kWh incentive to owners of shared renewables systems, including systems on schools, parks, or government buildings. This post summarizes the policy and compiles Washington community solar resources.… Read More

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of July 27, 2015

Date: 30 Jul 2015 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week in Democratic Energy: Activists rally against Massachusetts Net Metering caps New York’s energy vision inspires others Minnesota city puts solar on the map Featured Stories Questions to ponder as the future electric grid takes shape by Quentin Karpilow, Green Biz You can read ILSR’s submission here!   Regulations putting a limit on solar projects … Read More

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of July 20, 2015

Date: 23 Jul 2015 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week in Democratic Energy: New York is leading the renewable energy revolution #SolarforAll strategy takes hold Mississippi’s perfect storm for renewables Featured Stories Opening The Door To Solar Power For All by Mark Ruffalo, The Huffington Post Utility Solar May Cost Less, But It’s Also Worth Less by John Farrell, GreenTech Solar Five Things I … Read More

Democratic Energy Media Roundup – week of July 13, 2015

Date: 15 Jul 2015 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This week in Democratic Energy: California leaders back solar projects How caps are holding solar growth hostage Why health benefits should be part of value of solar calculation Featured Stories 100% Renewable Energy: How to Get There (Video) The White House Wants To Increase Your Access To Solar Power by Justin Worland, Time The plan will help finance solar … Read More

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