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Huntsville Utilities: “We Think We Made The Right Choice”

June 23, 2017

Earlier this month, the price for shares of Alphabet stock hit $1,000. The stock’s price is up more than 25 percent this year. Why does this matter in the debate about municipal broadband?  Because Alphabet owns Google. And Google owns Google Fiber. Google Fiber, as this blog has noted, uses taxpayer money to build high-speed …

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Minnesota Municipal Network Up For Sale

June 21, 2017

According to the Lake County News-Chronicle, last Tuesday, the Lake County, Minn. Board of Commissioners vote unanimously to sell its municipal broadband network. The board began considering a sale just last month. The system, called Lake Connections, operated for seven years. Lake County will now pursue buyers. The process means current subscribers face an uncertain …

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Louisville Radio Host: Better Uses For $5.4 Million Than Municipal Network

June 20, 2017

Last month, this blog reported that Louisville, Ky. Mayor Greg Fischer has proposed to spend $5.4 million in taxpayer funding on a government-owned fiber optic cable network. The network would span 96 miles. One 6.6-mile stretch would cost $2.7 million on its own. In that post, the Coalition for the New Economy noted that approximately …

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Bad Signs In Celina, Texas

June 16, 2017

The city of Celina, Texas has embarked upon a long journey to become a gigabit city. Make that a very long journey. According to Lightwave, it will take the city two decades to complete its publicly owned network gigabit broadband network, which will sell service directly to residents and local businesses. Right now, about eight …

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