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Savannah Resident Speaks Out Against Municipal Broadband

January 12, 2017

Savannah, Ga. should not build a municipal broadband system. That’s the opinion of resident Mary Flanders. Flanders opposes a government-run system because it is a risky proposition for taxpayers and because she believes residents already are well-served by the private sector. Flanders notes that Savannah already has paid its consultant, Magellan Advisors of Denver, Colo., …

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Chattanooga EPB Cable Prices Rise Three Times Faster Than Private Competitor’s

January 11, 2017

On January 1, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported that that city residents will welcome 2017 by paying higher prices for cable service from the city-owned fiber network operated by the Electric Power Board (EPB). The average price increase for cable from EPB Fiber for 2017 is 13 percent compared to just a 3.8 percent …

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Where Would We Be Without Broadband?

January 9, 2017

According to geoISP, which tracks national broadband access rates, speeds, and providers, 99.73 percent of Americans have access to wired broadband internet at home. According to the market intelligence firm Parks Associates, a growing number of American consumers who have adopted broadband at home are taking it one step further and transforming their homes into …

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Fitch Ratings Concerned About KentuckyWired Construction Delays

January 6, 2017

Right before the holidays last month, Fitch Ratings released its latest assessment of the $232 million in bonds issued for Kentucky’s statewide, government-subsidized broadband network, KentuckyWired. According to Watchdog.Org, Fitch kept the bonds “at a mediocre BBB+, but changed the outlook to negative” for several reasons. Fitch explained that it was switching the outlook to …

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