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Granite Falls, Minn. Considers Costly Broadband System

September 19, 2017

The County Board of Commissioners in Granite Falls, Minn., a town of about 2,900 in Yellow Medicine County, has just released a broadband feasibility report. According to Government Technology, the study, which was conducted by CCG Consulting, found “bringing broadband service to rural areas of the county … will cost $20 million to $22 million …

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Seattle Wins Two Digital Inclusion Awards

August 18, 2017

As readers of this blog know, several times the city of Seattle, Wash. has studied and cast aside the idea of building a taxpayer-financed broadband system. Seattle officials instead have sought to reduce regulatory and other barriers to private investment.  The city is now being recognized for its efforts. Last month, Government Technology reported that …

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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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Faster Speeds In Rural America: What Will It Cost?

July 17, 2017

Earlier this month, Bloomberg Politics reporters Mark Niquette  and Alan Bjerga examined the cost of expanding broadband service to rural areas of the United States. The two found the price tag would be about $80 billion and that “policy experts disagree about how best to expand rural broadband – and what responsibility government has to …

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Private Sector Is Advancing Broadband

July 5, 2017

After investing more than $1.5 trillion into broadband infrastructure over the last 20 years, including $76 billion in 2015 alone, the private sector is the primary driver behind this advancement. That’s why more and more Americans are able to use innovative entertainment devices, among other technologies, in their homes. Private sector providers continue to invest …

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Municipal Broadband: “A Big Job And One That Is Never Really ‘Finished’”

June 28, 2017

According to Katie McAuliffe, executive director of Digital Liberty, municipal governments are ill-suited to run broadband or fiber optic networks. Why? In a column in The Hill published last week, McAuliffe explains that broadband networks are “expensive and complex” because they “need to be rebuilt and updated almost continually to stay ahead of the breakneck …

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A Mobile Revolution

June 27, 2017

As the tech website Recode notes, June 29 marks the iPhone’s 10th birthday. Because of the birth of this technology, Recode says that today: We Can Capture More “Kodak” (iPhone?) Moments. This year, individuals will take 1.2 trillion (trillion!) digital photos, 85 percent of which will be taken phones. That compares to 400 billion digital …

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Louisville Radio Host: Better Uses For $5.4 Million Than Municipal Network

June 20, 2017

Last month, this blog reported that Louisville, Ky. Mayor Greg Fischer has proposed to spend $5.4 million in taxpayer funding on a government-owned fiber optic cable network. The network would span 96 miles. One 6.6-mile stretch would cost $2.7 million on its own. In that post, the Coalition for the New Economy noted that approximately …

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Bad Signs In Celina, Texas

June 16, 2017

The city of Celina, Texas has embarked upon a long journey to become a gigabit city. Make that a very long journey. According to Lightwave, it will take the city two decades to complete its publicly owned network gigabit broadband network, which will sell service directly to residents and local businesses. Right now, about eight …

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More Information On Sun Prairie Municipal Broadband Sale

June 15, 2017

Back in February, this blog reported that Sun Prairie, Wis. had announced a deal to sell its municipal broadband network to a private provider, TDS Telecommunications. The city-owned network cost more than $9.3 million in debt and attracted only 200 to 500 customers. The network did not serve the entire city. As a result, Sun …

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