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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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Taxpayer Groups Urges Tennessee, Mississippi To Reject Government Broadband

March 9, 2017

Taxpayers Protection Alliance Foundation (TPAF) President David Williams published two columns this week outlining municipal broadband failures around the country and urging lawmakers in Tennessee and Mississippi to reject government internet networks. The columns are based off of a map that TPAF recently released that examines more than 200 government-owned networks around the country. The …

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Colorado Senate Ensures Residents Have A Say On Government Broadband

February 21, 2017

Good news for taxpayers in Colorado. According to an Associated Press report in the Durango Herald, state senators have defeated an effort that would roll back limits placed more than a decade ago on government-owned broadband networks. At issue was a 2005 law that requires municipal leaders to get the approval of local voters before …

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