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How Much Will Taxpayers Need To Spend To Finish KentuckyWired?

August 14, 2017

Last week, this blog highlighted state lawmakers’ growing worries about KentuckyWired, the Bluegrass State’s taxpayer-financed broadband system. We noted that, in a recent legislative hearing, some officials even called for plans to shut down the network.  Bluegrass Institute President and CEO Jim Waters, who reported on the hearing in Richmond Register, seems to think that’s …

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Kentucky Lawmakers Souring On Statewide Broadband Network

August 11, 2017

Lawmakers in Kentucky are growing more and more worried about the government’s statewide, taxpayer-financed broadband network, KentuckyWired. According to WFPL, during a legislative hearing on August 3 “lawmakers expressed anger” about the system’s “delayed launch and uncertain financial outlook.”  Lawmakers expressed other concerns as well. Rep. Michael Meredith suggested that he was worried that the …

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Fort Collins Chamber: City Must Slow Down Municipal Broadband Efforts

August 9, 2017

As this blog reported last month, Loveland, Colo. has decided to slow down its plans to build a municipal broadband network. Several officials said they wanted more time to explore and study the issue. In a column in the Coloradan, Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO David May says his city should …

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Utah Taxpayers Association: Don’t Add $13 Million In Debt To Expand UTOPIA

August 8, 2017

Plans for the $500 million network started in 2002. The 16 original cities received a $66 million loan from the federal government, but after the first tranche of funding was released, the federal government shut off the spigot until UTOPIA “improved its financial condition and developed a new business plan.” The network found financing elsewhere …

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