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How Much Does City-Wide Internet Cost? Madison Finds Out

August 10, 2016

Madison, Wis. already has a limited government-owned fiber system that offers internet service to public buildings, including schools, libraries, and fire stations. Last year, leaders said they were interested in finding out how much it would cost to expand the network to “every resident and business in the city.” They hired an outside consultant to …

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What’s The Best Way To Address The Rural Internet Divide?

August 8, 2016

Like legislators in many states across the country, Georgia lawmakers are tackling how to bring high-speed internet to constituents in rural areas. Some states have considered whether to solve this problem by allowing municipal governments to build and operate their own networks in competition with the private sector. Others have considered building statewide middle mile …

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Surprise! KentuckyWired Won’t Be Done In 2018

August 3, 2016

According to @CN2, a news network in Kentucky, the state’s statewide government-owned fiber optic broadband network is behind schedule. Officials originally thought the project would be complete some time in 2018. The news network now reports, “The first phase of the project, which includes Frankfort, Louisville, northern Kentucky, and areas of rural southeastern Kentucky, are …

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Obama’s Internet Plan Could Push Out Small Private Providers

January 20, 2015

As CNE reported, last week President Barack Obama visited Cedar Falls, Iowa to promote government-owned broadband networks. According to the Galesburg, Ill. Register-Mail, small private Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are worried the proposals the president outlined could push them out of the broadband market, a consequence that would reduce competition and employment in towns like …

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