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Report: Savannah, Chatham County Do Not Need Municipal Fiber

September 20, 2017

As this blog reported in January, Chatham County and Savannah, Ga. have toyed with the idea of municipal broadband, even signing up Magellan Advisors to conduct a study about the issue.  After officials on the Savannah City Council and the Chatham County Commission discussed the results of Magellan’s study in May, the issue has died …

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What Are Fort Collins Residents Voting On This Fall?

September 14, 2017

Voters in Fort Collins, Colo. will decide this November whether to move forward on consideration of a municipal broadband network. Heartland Institute writer Brandi Wielgopolski advises residents to vote no on the question, even if the election results don’t necessarily mean the city will move forward with a municipal broadband project.  The network would cost …

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Despite Robust Competition, City ISP Thinks It Can Take 42 Percent Of Market

September 8, 2017

According to Michigan Capitol Confidential, Holland, Mich. is getting into the broadband business despite warnings from “experts in both academia and the private sector” who say a city system “could mean trouble” for taxpayers. The Holland Board of Public Works will operate the government-owned Internet Service Provider (ISP), which will launch in “a small portion” …

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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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Google Fiber Service In Kansas City Up In The Air

September 5, 2017

As this blog has reported, amidst revenue declines and CEO troubles, Google Fiber has pulled back on plans to invest in fiber networks in several U.S. cities. Originally, analysts and reporters believed that cities that already had Google Fiber service wouldn’t suffer. It’s now clear that’s not true, including in Google Fiber’s inaugural venue, Kansas …

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Mire: Cities Reject Municipal Broadband

September 1, 2017

In a recent column at The Hayride, Americans for Tax Reform tech and telecom policy expert Margaret Mire told the East Baton Rouge Parish Metropolitan Council that it should reject the idea of building a municipal broadband network.  These networks fail, Mire explains, and cause severe harm to taxpayers. Lafayette, La. has spent at least …

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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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Gig System Didn’t Create Chattanooga, Chattanoogans Created It

August 17, 2017

If you believe its proponents, Chattanooga, Tenn.’s municipal broadband system has helped the city attract new businesses and add jobs, and even reduce electricity costs. In a recent column in the national magazine The Weekly Standard, David Allen Martin, a member of Chattanooga’s start-up community, says those assertions aren’t quite right. While acknowledging the system …

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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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