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CDE Lightband Continually Disappoints Customers

March 8, 2017

According to Tennessee Watchdog, taxpayers in Clarksville, Tenn. have spent $75 million on a government-owned broadband network, CDE Lightband, that routinely leaves them in the dark. The network suffered an outage earlier this week, but it wasn’t the first. Tennessee Watchdog notes “the municipal broadband service has had several outages over the past three years.” …

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Grand Junction Votes Against Municipal Broadband

March 6, 2017

Last week this blog reported that city leaders in Grand Junction, Colo. were getting cold feet about diving into the broadband marketplace with a government-owned Internet Service Provider (ISP). According to KJCT8, city councilors went with their gut instincts (and history, which reveals the risks associated with municipal networks), voting last Wednesday not to move …

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TPA: Time For Taxpayers To Get Off The Sinking Google Fiber Ship

February 13, 2017

Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) President David Williams argues in a just-published op-ed that it’s time for local lawmakers to cut off Google Fiber’s line of corporate welfare. In the piece, Williams says that “while internet service providers (ISPs) have invested more than $1.5 trillion in private funds in building broadband infrastructure over the last two …

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TPAF Maps More Than 200 Government Broadband Failures

February 9, 2017

The Taxpayers Protection Alliance Foundation (TPAF) has just released an “online interactive map displaying information such as cost to taxpayers, debt, revenues, number of customers, and other facts related to more than 200 municipal broadband internet projects across America.” The map can be found here. According to TPAF President David Williams, the map proves that …

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Citizens Against Government Waste Supports Virginia Bill

February 6, 2017

As the Coalition for the New Economy reported last month, the Virginia General Assembly will consider a bill, House Bill (HB) 2108, this session that would put reasonable limits on government-owned broadband networks. The General Assembly’s Committee on Commerce and Labor approved a version of the legislation last week. (The bill was amended to require …

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How Is Google Fiber Doing In Kansas City

February 3, 2017

As Google Fiber scales back nationally, shedding staff and pulling back on promised investments in several cities, it’s worth taking a look at how the company is doing in the first city where it launched its gigabit service offering: Kansas City. Specifically, is it clear that Google Fiber contributed to job growth in the city, …

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Virginia House Committee To Vote On Municipal Broadband Bill This Week

January 30, 2017

Last week, this blog reported that Virginia Delegate Kathy Byron, who also is chair of Virginia’s Broadband Advisory Council (VBAC), recently had introduced House Bill (HB) 2108, the Virginia Broadband Deployment Act. This bill would require that municipalities meet certain guidelines when building taxpayer-financed internet networks. According to The Roanoke Times, Delegate Byron has revised …

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Fibrant: Another Cautionary Tale

January 26, 2017

According to Light Reading senior editor Mari Silbey, Salisbury, N.C.’s municipal internet service provider, Fibrant, has hit “new speed bumps.” Specifically, the system is not taking in anywhere near what is needed to pay down its debt. According to a news report in the Salisbury Post, “The latest audit for the city showed that the …

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Virginia HB 2108 Seeks To Protect Local Taxpayers

January 24, 2017

In Virginia, Delegate Kathy Byron, who also is chair of Virginia’s Broadband Advisory Council (VBAC), has introduced House Bill (HB) 2108, the Virginia Broadband Deployment Act. This bill would require that municipalities meet certain guidelines before building taxpayer-financed internet networks. Several of Delegate Byron’s colleagues on the VBAC support this legislation, which also has five …

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Chattanooga EPB Cable Prices Rise Three Times Faster Than Private Competitor’s

January 11, 2017

On January 1, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported that that city residents will welcome 2017 by paying higher prices for cable service from the city-owned fiber network operated by the Electric Power Board (EPB). The average price increase for cable from EPB Fiber for 2017 is 13 percent compared to just a 3.8 percent …

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