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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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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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Local Editorial Board Against Fairbanks Municipal Network

December 11, 2017

David Guttenberg, a representative in the Alaska statehouse, has proposed building a municipal broadband network in Fairbanks. The editorial board for the local newspaper, the Daily News-Miner, opposes the idea. It believes the private sector should provide broadband and Internet service. Cost seems to be the primary reason that the board opposes Rep. Guttenberg’s plan. …

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Another Municipal Broadband Sale

December 7, 2017

Last week, this blog reported that Burlington, Vt. is very close to finalizing the sale of its municipal broadband network. This week, a network in Florida is on the auction block. According to Government Technology, Leesburg, Fla. “has reached agreement with a broadband company to sell its fiber-optic utility for $7.25 million.” Summit Broadband is …

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More On Madison’s Municipal Broadband Debacle

December 6, 2017

Two weeks ago, the Coalition for the New Economy discussed Madison, Wis.’s failed municipal broadband pilot project. Government Technology published a deeper look into the network the same day. The magazine explained why Madison’s experiment failed. Their research indicates the city really had no idea what it would take to execute construction of the small …

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Waters: “If The Private Sector Can Do The Job, Let It”

December 5, 2017

Jim Waters of Kentucky’s Bluegrass Institute has written another excellent column about KentuckyWired, the statewide, government-owned broadband network Coalition for the New Economy (CNE) readers have heard so much about. (See CNE’s most recent KentuckyWired coverage here, here, and here.) In the Bowling Green Daily News, Waters asks, “If you can find a service offered …

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