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Kampis: KentuckyWired Scandal Continues with Auditor’s Report

November 1, 2018

In a recent piece for the American Spectator, Johnny Kampis of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance Foundation delves into the many issues that plague the KentuckyWired network and its governing body, the Kentucky Communications Network Authority (KCNA). A report released last month by state auditor Mike Harmon indicated that Kentucky officials didn’t properly vet the estimates …

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Opelika Network Failure Highlights Muni Broadband as a Path to Financial Ruin

October 25, 2018

The City of Opelika recently sold its city-owned broadband system at a tremendous loss.  An article by George S. Ford of the Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies highlighted that the taxpayers of Opelika have poured $58 million into Opelika Power Services (OPS) since its inception.  To fund the losses, the …

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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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