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Pikeville, Ky. Raising Taxes For Government Broadband

April 27, 2017

It appears that the city of Newport, Tenn. isn’t the only one that’s about to make a municipal broadband mistake. (See our blog post from earlier this week about Newport and its deliberations.) According to the Bluegrass Institute’s Jim Waters, Pikeville, Ky. also is about to put taxpayers dollars at risk in the pursuit of …

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Newport, Tenn. Consultant Would Benefit From Government Network

April 25, 2017

East Tennessee native and Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) Senior Scholar Drew Johnson says that the city of Newport, in east Tennessee, is about to make “a very big mistake” and the force driving the city toward that error is the only one that stands to benefit. The mistake Johnson is referring to would be using …

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Sun Prairie Sale A Win-Win-Win

April 24, 2017

The Sun Prairie, Wis. City Council recently voted to sell its government-owned broadband system to TDS Telecom for $2.88 million. The deal appears to be a win for city taxpayers, local broadband consumers, and the city itself.  First, the deal will allow the city to completely relieve itself from the debt associated with the network, …

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WV Governor Should Say No To H.B. 3093

April 20, 2017

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is currently considering whether to sign a bill, H.B. 3093, that would allow communities to form cooperative associations to build broadband infrastructure. Legislators who voted for the bill have told their constituents that it won’t cost them a dime and that it will lead to better access in rural communities. …

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Rochester, Minn. Still Has Cold Feet

April 19, 2017

For at least a year, the Rochester, Minn. City Council has been considering whether to move forward with a plan to study whether to build a government-owned, citywide broadband network. This week, the council rejected the idea again. According to KAAL TV in Rochester, council members on Monday voted to table a motion that would …

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State Laws Not To Blame For Lack Of Government-Run ISPs

April 18, 2017

In a column posted last week, Will Rinehart, director of innovation and technology policy at the American Action Forum, asks why more city governments aren’t launching their own Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Supporters of municipal networks often blame state law or regulation. That’s not the culprit, Rinehart says. The real reason is cost. Rinehart says, …

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Massachusetts Agency Loses Grantmaking Ability, But Still In Charge Of Failed Government-Run Network

April 14, 2017

In a handful of blog posts over the last few months, the Coalition for the New Economy has explored the failure of Massachusetts’ statewide, government-owned network, MassBroadband123. This network has consumed nearly $90 million in taxpayer funds, $45.4 million from federal taxpayers and $44.3 million in “matching” funds from Massachusetts. Now, according to a report …

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Economist: Opelika, Ala. Shouldn’t Expand Its Municipal Network

April 13, 2017

Earlier this month, an Alabama senate committee rejected a bill that would allow Opelika’s municipal broadband network to expand beyond its state-mandated footprint. According to George Ford, chief economist of the Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies, the Senate’s decision was the right one for taxpayers. In a column posted Sunday …

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Despite “Excellent” Service, Town Exploring Taxpayer-Funded Network For Schools

April 11, 2017

Grand Island, N.Y. taxpayers are about to shell out $12,000 for a study that is supposed to determine the viability of a city-run broadband network. But does the city need such a system? It depends on whom you ask. Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray has said, “Grand Island has some of the worst internet service you …

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Massachusetts Tries To Force Contractor To Operate Government Broadband Network Amid Mounting Losses

April 5, 2017

Based on comments last Friday in federal court, it seems likely that many of the government institutions and other entities that are connected to the network will find themselves without a broadband connection.  According to Government Technology, in court last week Robert J. Kaler, a lawyer representing the Bay State, “raise[d] doubts” about whether the …

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