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WV Governor Should Say No To H.B. 3093

April 20, 2017

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is currently considering whether to sign a bill, H.B. 3093, that would allow communities to form cooperative associations to build broadband infrastructure. Legislators who voted for the bill have told their constituents that it won’t cost them a dime and that it will lead to better access in rural communities. …

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Rochester, Minn. Still Has Cold Feet

April 19, 2017

For at least a year, the Rochester, Minn. City Council has been considering whether to move forward with a plan to study whether to build a government-owned, citywide broadband network. This week, the council rejected the idea again. According to KAAL TV in Rochester, council members on Monday voted to table a motion that would …

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State Laws Not To Blame For Lack Of Government-Run ISPs

April 18, 2017

In a column posted last week, Will Rinehart, director of innovation and technology policy at the American Action Forum, asks why more city governments aren’t launching their own Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Supporters of municipal networks often blame state law or regulation. That’s not the culprit, Rinehart says. The real reason is cost. Rinehart says, …

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Massachusetts Agency Loses Grantmaking Ability, But Still In Charge Of Failed Government-Run Network

April 14, 2017

In a handful of blog posts over the last few months, the Coalition for the New Economy has explored the failure of Massachusetts’ statewide, government-owned network, MassBroadband123. This network has consumed nearly $90 million in taxpayer funds, $45.4 million from federal taxpayers and $44.3 million in “matching” funds from Massachusetts. Now, according to a report …

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