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Problems Persist with KentuckyWired Network

September 28, 2018

A state audit report released earlier this week found that while Kentuckians initially expected to spend $30 million on the floundering KentuckyWired network when the project began in 2014, the cost to taxpayers is now projected to be $1.5 billion. While the network was sold as a public-private partnership, Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon suggested that …

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Fort Collins Moves Forward with Municipal Broadband

January 17, 2018

In Fort Collins, Colo., the City Council recently voted 7-0 to move forward with construction of a municipal broadband network. In Colorado, local governments are restricted from using taxpayer dollars to build their own broadband networks, but cities have the right to hold ballot measures opting out of the restriction.  In Fort Collins, that resolution …

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Loveland, Colo. Releases Muni Broadband Study With One Key Data Point Missing

December 14, 2017

In 2015, Loveland, Colo. residents voted to allow their city lawmakers to explore the cost of a creating a municipal broadband network. Officials went forth and, on Dec. 12, released the results of their feasibility study … without actually saying how much a municipal system would set back taxpayers. According to the Loveland Reporter-Herald, the …

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Kampis: Taxpayer Money Wasted On Well-Served Urban Areas In Alabama

December 14, 2017

Does Alabama need more government-funded broadband? Johnny Kampis, a resident of Cullman Ala., says no. In a column at the YellowHammerNews website, Kampis says, “Alabama needs to be better prepared for a future that will require more high-speed internet,” but argues advancement should be “done the smart way – with less taxpayer money and more …

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