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How Much Will Taxpayers Need To Spend To Finish KentuckyWired?

August 14, 2017

Last week, this blog highlighted state lawmakers’ growing worries about KentuckyWired, the Bluegrass State’s taxpayer-financed broadband system. We noted that, in a recent legislative hearing, some officials even called for plans to shut down the network.  Bluegrass Institute President and CEO Jim Waters, who reported on the hearing in Richmond Register, seems to think that’s …

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Kentucky Lawmakers Souring On Statewide Broadband Network

August 11, 2017

Lawmakers in Kentucky are growing more and more worried about the government’s statewide, taxpayer-financed broadband network, KentuckyWired. According to WFPL, during a legislative hearing on August 3 “lawmakers expressed anger” about the system’s “delayed launch and uncertain financial outlook.”  Lawmakers expressed other concerns as well. Rep. Michael Meredith suggested that he was worried that the …

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Fort Collins Chamber: City Must Slow Down Municipal Broadband Efforts

August 9, 2017

As this blog reported last month, Loveland, Colo. has decided to slow down its plans to build a municipal broadband network. Several officials said they wanted more time to explore and study the issue. In a column in the Coloradan, Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO David May says his city should …

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Utah Taxpayers Association: Don’t Add $13 Million In Debt To Expand UTOPIA

August 8, 2017

Plans for the $500 million network started in 2002. The 16 original cities received a $66 million loan from the federal government, but after the first tranche of funding was released, the federal government shut off the spigot until UTOPIA “improved its financial condition and developed a new business plan.” The network found financing elsewhere …

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More Information On Salisbury’s Government ISP Failure

August 3, 2017

Earlier this week, we took a look at just one installment of “Fibrant in Focus,” The Salisbury Post’s investigation into the city’s government-owned Internet Service Provider (ISP). That installment was the second of five stories. Today, we look at the rest of reporter Josh Bergeron’s findings. According to the first report in the series, Fibrant …

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Salisbury, NC Municipal Network Not Really Profitable

August 2, 2017

In July The Salisbury Post ran a series of articles examining the city’s experience with government-owned broadband. (Salisbury, located in North Carolina, operates a system called Fibrant.) Below are the lowlights from just one part of the series. We’ll examine the other parts of investigation later this week. For years city leaders, including council members, …

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Local Officials, Congress, FCC Must Unite To Expand Broadband Opportunities

August 1, 2017

According to Theodore Bolema and Michael Horney from the Free State Foundation, a nonpartisan think tank in Maryland, “municipalities are starting to recognize the downsides to government-run broadband services.” For example, writing in The Hill, Bolema and Horney note that officials in Traverse City, Mich. recently decided not to pursue a taxpayer-financed system. They’ve instead …

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Addressing The Urban-Rural Digital Divide WITHOUT The Taxpayer Risk

July 27, 2017

Readers of this blog know that city-owned and operated Internet Service Providers (ISPs) rarely live up to the hype and almost always impose huge burdens on taxpayers. If municipal broadband networks aren’t the answer, then what is—especially for low population density communities where building a successful ISP is expensive? Taxpayers Protection Alliance investigative reporter Johnny …

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Seattle Mayoral Candidates Discuss Municipal Broadband

July 26, 2017

Twenty-one individuals currently are vying to be Seattle’s next mayor. The primary election is August 1 and in advance of that, GeekWire submitted six questions to each candidate, including one asking whether the candidates would try to build a municipal network if elected. Only 12 individuals answered GeekWire and, of those, only four seemed to …

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Taxpayers: Millions In Subsidies & All Google Fiber Gave Us Was This Lousy T-Shirt

July 25, 2017

Alphabet, the parent company of Google and Google Fiber, announced its second quarter earnings results earlier this week. While the company’s profits were lower than expected due to a big antitrust-related fine from the European Union, the company is still doing very well. As The New York Times said, Alphabet’s growth rate “is rarely seen …

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