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Kampis: KentuckyWired Scandal Continues with Auditor’s Report

November 1, 2018

In a recent piece for the American Spectator, Johnny Kampis of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance Foundation delves into the many issues that plague the KentuckyWired network and its governing body, the Kentucky Communications Network Authority (KCNA). A report released last month by state auditor Mike Harmon indicated that Kentucky officials didn’t properly vet the estimates …

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Problems Persist with KentuckyWired Network

September 28, 2018

A state audit report released earlier this week found that while Kentuckians initially expected to spend $30 million on the floundering KentuckyWired network when the project began in 2014, the cost to taxpayers is now projected to be $1.5 billion. While the network was sold as a public-private partnership, Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon suggested that …

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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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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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Municipal Broadband: “A Long And Hazardous Journey”

October 31, 2017

The news site Law360 recently examined state and local efforts to spur rural broadband development, including the proliferation of taxpayer-financed municipal broadband networks. Reporter Kelcee Griffis found that, in general, city broadband projects are struggling. She cited Greenfield, Mass.’s government network, which became subject to “a corruption probe just months after it began offering internet …

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More Opposition To KentuckyWired

October 26, 2017

Recently, several news outlets in Kentucky, including SurfKY.com, ran a column by Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions CEO Jim Waters. Waters compares KentuckyWired, the commonwealth’s statewide broadband network, to the “Big Dig,” a Massachusetts roads project that took decades to build and eventually became the most expensive highway project in U.S. history. Like the …

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State Journal: Time For A Timeout On KentuckyWired

October 10, 2017

Last week, this blog wrote about growing state legislator discontent with KentuckyWired, the Bluegrass State’s government-owned broadband network. Now it seems members of the media in Kentucky are also growing impatient with the network and its overseers.  In an editorial, The State Journal, Frankfort, Ky.’s largest newspaper, said, “At minimum, the state needs to call …

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Associated Press Digs Into KentuckyWired

October 3, 2017

In August, the Coalition for the New Economy (CNE) asked how much it would cost Kentucky taxpayers to finish their state’s government-owned broadband network, KentuckyWired. Two months later, we’re still not sure. And, if Associated Press reporter Adam Beam is right, it’s not clear when this project will be finished, or if it ever will …

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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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Kentucky Lawmakers Souring On Statewide Broadband Network

August 11, 2017

Lawmakers in Kentucky are growing more and more worried about the government’s statewide, taxpayer-financed broadband network, KentuckyWired. According to WFPL, during a legislative hearing on August 3 “lawmakers expressed anger” about the system’s “delayed launch and uncertain financial outlook.”  Lawmakers expressed other concerns as well. Rep. Michael Meredith suggested that he was worried that the …

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