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Opelika’s Government Network Hurts Electricity Ratepayers And Taxpayers

September 7, 2017

In late August, Dr. George Ford from the Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal and Economic Public Policy Studies released a report on Opelika, Ala.’s government-owned broadband network. Ford also published a column at AL.com discussing Opelika and government-owned networks more generally. His findings confirm government networks harm electricity ratepayers and city taxpayers. Opelika spent $43 …

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Greenfield, Mass. In Legal Fight Over Municipal Wi-Fi Network

August 31, 2017

In a July column, Industry Leaders Magazine editor Carrie Ann asked why every city can’t have a municipal broadband network like Chattanooga, Tenn.’s. Greenfield, Mass. is finding out the answer to that question the hard way. Town officials have accused the “quasi-public” electricity provider that’s in charge of the city’s public Wi-Fi network of fiscal …

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Tacoma, Wash: Anti-GON Utility Official Pushed Out

August 23, 2017

Tacoma, Wash.’s fight over municipal broadband has gotten ugly. As readers of this blog know, Click, the city-owned broadband network, loses millions of dollars each year. Finances were so bad that, in 2015, leaders of the city’s utility system, which operates Click, recommended selling the network. A few elected officials balked at that idea, however, …

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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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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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The Debate Over Lake County, Minn.’s Government Broadband Network

July 10, 2017

In late June, this blog reported that Lake County, Minn. had decided to sell its municipal broadband network, Lake Connections. This network cost federal and local taxpayers approximately $85 million. ($17 million came from local coffers.) In a column later that month, Minneapolis Star Tribune writer Lee Schafer argued that “county officials won’t see much …

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Bluegrass Institute Says Secrecy Surrounds KentuckyWired Network

July 3, 2017

According to a recent article on the organization’s website, the Bluegrass Institute has been asking some serious questions about oversight of the statewide broadband network, KentuckyWired. The institute has so far come up short … but not for lack of trying. As Amye Bensenhaver, director of the Bluegrass Institute’s Center for Open Government, explains, a …

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U of Pennsylvania Study: Local Leaders Need To Understand Muni Broadband Risks

May 29, 2017

Last week, Christopher Yoo, founding director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Technology, Innovation, and Competition, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law’s Timothy Pfenninger released a report examining the financial performance of municipal broadband networks in the United States. The report found more than half of these networks operate with negative cash …

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Broadband Consultants Go For One-Two Punch

May 19, 2017

According Taxpayers Protection Alliance Foundation investigative reporter Johnny Kampis, taxpayers in Rock Falls, Ill., Mont Belvieu, Tex., and Newport, Tenn. have been sucker punched by a consultancy called Magellan Advisors. And not once, but twice. Kampis explains that, first, these cities paid Magellan, which is based in Denver, Colo., to conduct studies to determine whether …

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Hagerstown May Cut Municipal Broadband Project

May 11, 2017

Hagerstown, Md. is facing a $2.4 million budget gap. The city council is considering an increase in property taxes to help fill it. Originally the five member board wanted a 5.5-cent take hike, but after taking a look at the spending side of its ledger, the council thinks they might be able to get by …

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