A challenge gets the
incumbents beyond selling slow and expensive as long as they can.
Both these networks will use fiber optics, and that plus fast wireless to
reach everybody else would be very interesting.
The company said on late Monday that it would launch its “GigaPower”
super-fast home Internet service on December 1 in Austin, a city
that Google has said it would deploy its own speedy Google Fiber
GigaPower would start with speeds of 300 megabit per second, or
roughly 40 times the speed of the average U.S. Internet home
connection, before upgrading customers to 1 gigabit per second next
year. Google also plans to offer its own 1-gigabit connection some
time next year.
Florida Power & Light Company today announced that its evaluation of
proposals for additional natural gas transportation capacity
determined that the best, most economical solution for ensuring
Florida’s continued access to the clean, affordable, U.S.-produced
fuel necessary to meet the growing electricity needs of the state’s
residents and businesses is a combination of a natural gas pipeline
and interconnection hub to be built by Sabal Trail Transmission,
LLC, and a second natural gas pipeline to be built by Florida
Southeast Connection, LLC….
Both Sabal Trail and Florida Southeast Connection will be interstate
natural gas pipelines subject to Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission approval and oversight.
In conjunction with today’s public announcement, FPL filed a
petition for prudence review with the Florida Public Service
Commission (PSC). Subject to PSC approval, Continue reading →
State lawmakers who embraced private prisons as a cost-cutting
measure are starting to have trouble ignoring their abysmal
conditions. Corrections Corporation of America, the largest and most
powerful private prison company in the nation, lost four prison
contracts in the past month after extensive reports of abuse,
neglect, and even fraud within their operations.
Idaho cut ties with the corporation on Wednesday, which turned the
state’s largest prison into a violent hellhole inmates called
“Gladiator School.” Earlier this year, CCA was caught
understaffing the prison and using prison gangs to control the
population. The company admitted to falsifying nearly 4,800 hours of
staffing records to squeeze more money out of the state for
nonexistent security work. Shift logs at the prison showed the same
security guards working for 2 to 3 days at a time without breaks.
The fertilizer plant that exploded on Wednesday, obliterating part
of a small Texas town and killing at least 14 people, had last year
been storing 1,350 times the amount of ammonium nitrate that would
normally trigger safety oversight by the U.S. Department of Homeland
Yet a person familiar with DHS operations said the company that owns
the plant, West Fertilizer, did not tell the agency about the
potentially explosive fertilizer as it is required to do, leaving
one of the principal regulators of ammonium nitrate—which can
also be used in bomb making—unaware of any danger there.
Fertilizer plants and depots must report to the DHS when they hold
400 lb (180 kg) or more of the substance. Filings this year with the
Texas Department of State Health Services, which weren’t shared with
DHS, show the plant had 270 tons of it on hand last year.
three spills in one week wasn’t bad enough,
the spills, leaks, and derailments just keep on coming,
13 of them on 3 continents in just the past 30 days,
listed by tcktcktck and illustrated in this graphic.
Meanwhile, a solar spill is still called a nice day.
I've been nagging Valdosta for years about putting some of their
cable TV station content on the web.
Turns out they are already doing some of that,
which is a step towards acting like a modern metropolitan area.
Received Wednesday via Tim Carroll;
I added the links and the [clarification].
From: Sementha Mathews
Sent: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 11:48 AM
To: Tim Carroll
Subject: RE: "The rest of the story"
Thank you for the recent phone call. As a result, I will research
the Austin, Tx media practices to see if they can be implemented in
any way here at Metro 17. We used to include a council wrap segment
in each show, and I'll ask
Shemeeka [Johnson, Valdosta Channel 17 Media Coordinator]
why we took that out. But we
can easily add that back in.
Is there still back-door politics in Austin? For sure.
But you can see a lot more of what is going on in Austin
than they can about the local governments here,
and citizens have a lot more input.
If Valdosta and Lowndes County
(and Hahira and Lake Park and Dasher and Remerton)
want to be treated like a major MSA,
they might consider following Austin’s lead.
Instead of decreasing citizen input by exiling
all citizen speakers to the end of a meeting and limiting the number
who can speak, while not even putting board packets online,
consider continually increasing local government
transparency and citizen input.
The central city of a major MSA,
Austin, Texas, publishes its own video reporting on
local issues, like this one on local energy efficiency.
AustinEnergy has brought back its best offer ever deal,
which allows customers to receive both rebates and a loan
to make energy efficiency improvements.
The rebates can total as much as $3200,
and can cover as much as a third of the cost of the improvements,
including the air conditioning unit.
Remaining costs after the rebates can be financed through a
low interest loan through the Austin Credit Union.
The best offer ever is financed in part by a $10 million
better buildings grant from the U.S. Department of Energy….
Around here I hear local leaders say “we’ll never be Austin.”
Well, Austin may be letting San Antonio pass Austin as far as rooftop solar
and the jobs that generates.
It’s not a matter of size or pre-existing advantages.
It’s a matter of political will.
Do we have that will here?
…the most direct route to attracting and encouraging the
development of clean energy industries is through the
the scale of future development will be orders of
magnitude greater than what has occurred to date.
mass deployment of local rooftop solar, which is probably why solar has
by far the most significant presence of any clean energy generation
technology in Austin.
But the paper’s point is that Austin is falling short.
Look at the graph:
Austin seems to have settled for linear growth in solar power,
while San Antonio gets it about
As San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro
said in 2011, solar power is in