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Opelika Network Failure Highlights Muni Broadband as a Path to Financial Ruin

October 25, 2018

The City of Opelika recently sold its city-owned broadband system at a tremendous loss.  An article by George S. Ford of the Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies highlighted that the taxpayers of Opelika have poured $58 million into Opelika Power Services (OPS) since its inception.  To fund the losses, the …

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Fort Collins Moves Forward with Municipal Broadband

January 17, 2018

In Fort Collins, Colo., the City Council recently voted 7-0 to move forward with construction of a municipal broadband network. In Colorado, local governments are restricted from using taxpayer dollars to build their own broadband networks, but cities have the right to hold ballot measures opting out of the restriction.  In Fort Collins, that resolution …

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Another Municipal Broadband Sale

December 7, 2017

Last week, this blog reported that Burlington, Vt. is very close to finalizing the sale of its municipal broadband network. This week, a network in Florida is on the auction block. According to Government Technology, Leesburg, Fla. “has reached agreement with a broadband company to sell its fiber-optic utility for $7.25 million.” Summit Broadband is …

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Waters: “If The Private Sector Can Do The Job, Let It”

December 5, 2017

Jim Waters of Kentucky’s Bluegrass Institute has written another excellent column about KentuckyWired, the statewide, government-owned broadband network Coalition for the New Economy (CNE) readers have heard so much about. (See CNE’s most recent KentuckyWired coverage here, here, and here.) In the Bowling Green Daily News, Waters asks, “If you can find a service offered …

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Massachusetts Taxpayers To Spend $45 Million More On State Broadband Network

November 16, 2017

According to the Berkshire Eagle, Massachusetts state legislators are getting ready to spend another $45 million to bring high-speed broadband to rural areas of the state. As readers of this blog know, the Bay State is home to a $90 million statewide, government-owned broadband network that is operated by the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI). Peter …

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Does Lenoir City, Tenn. Need A Broadband Study?

November 16, 2017

According to WBIR 10 News, the Lenoir City Utilities Board in Tennessee has contracted with Magellan Advisors, to study the need and demand for a municipal broadband network. Coalition for the New Economy blog readers will remember that Magellan, which is based in Denver, Colo., was the focus of a May 2017 investigative report by …

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Citizens Against Government Waste: KentuckyWired Will Be Obsolete When It’s Built

November 9, 2017

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) is the latest taxpayer advocacy group to question whether Kentucky should finish its statewide, government-owned broadband system, KentuckyWired. (Kentucky’s Bluegrass Institute and the Taxpayers Protection Alliance also have been outspoken in their advocacy against the network.) In a recent column in the Lexington Herald Leader, CAGW’s State Policy Manager Spencer …

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Australia Dead Last In Terms Of Broadband Satisfaction

November 8, 2017

This blog has reported several times on Australia’s nationwide, government-owned broadband network, NBN. The network hasn’t helped address the nation’s digital divide and might need additional taxpayer investment to stay afloat. We also noted last year that Australians aren’t that impressed with NBN. That continues to be true as 2017 comes to an end. According …

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EAGLE-Net: A Reminder Of Statewide Government Broadband Gone Wrong

November 7, 2017

According to the Grand Junction, Colo. Daily Sentinel, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) “has sent yet another letter to federal officials asking for a full accounting of” EAGLE-Net, the “intergovernmental high-speed internet network that was supposed to connect the state’s rural schools with full broadband connectivity,” but never did.  The federal government awarded a $100 …

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Little Shop Of Horrors: $1.9 Billion Proposal For San Francisco Municipal Network

October 31, 2017

Taxpayers in San Francisco should be spooked. According to a consultants’ report released earlier this month, it potentially would cost the city $1.9 billion to build a municipal broadband network that would connect every home and business to the internet. Columbia Telecommunications Corporation, a firm in Maryland that is the driving force behind many municipal …

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