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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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Loveland, Colo. Releases Muni Broadband Study With One Key Data Point Missing

December 14, 2017

In 2015, Loveland, Colo. residents voted to allow their city lawmakers to explore the cost of a creating a municipal broadband network. Officials went forth and, on Dec. 12, released the results of their feasibility study … without actually saying how much a municipal system would set back taxpayers. According to the Loveland Reporter-Herald, the …

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Kampis: Taxpayer Money Wasted On Well-Served Urban Areas In Alabama

December 14, 2017

Does Alabama need more government-funded broadband? Johnny Kampis, a resident of Cullman Ala., says no. In a column at the YellowHammerNews website, Kampis says, “Alabama needs to be better prepared for a future that will require more high-speed internet,” but argues advancement should be “done the smart way – with less taxpayer money and more …

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Local Editorial Board Against Fairbanks Municipal Network

December 11, 2017

David Guttenberg, a representative in the Alaska statehouse, has proposed building a municipal broadband network in Fairbanks. The editorial board for the local newspaper, the Daily News-Miner, opposes the idea. It believes the private sector should provide broadband and Internet service. Cost seems to be the primary reason that the board opposes Rep. Guttenberg’s plan. …

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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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More On Madison’s Municipal Broadband Debacle

December 6, 2017

Two weeks ago, the Coalition for the New Economy discussed Madison, Wis.’s failed municipal broadband pilot project. Government Technology published a deeper look into the network the same day. The magazine explained why Madison’s experiment failed. Their research indicates the city really had no idea what it would take to execute construction of the small …

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Burlington, Vt. City Council Approves Municipal Broadband Network Sale

December 1, 2017

The sale of Burlington, Vt.’s municipal broadband network is final. According to MyChamplainValley.com, on Tuesday the City Council accepted a $30.8 million offer from Schurz Communications, a family-owned cable company out of Indiana, and the private equity firm ZRF Partners to buy the network.  Coalition for the New Economy blog readers will remember that Burlington …

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Where Will Fort Collins Go From Here?

November 28, 2017

On Election Day 2017, a majority (57 percent) of Fort Collins, Colo. voters agreed to allow their city lawmakers to pursue the concept of a municipal broadband network. The vote, however, does not mean Fort Collins is getting a taxpayer-financed, government-owned network anytime soon.  According to the Coloradan, voters merely agreed to give the city …

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Madison Taxpayers Already Overtaxed, But City Might Build Muni Network Anyway

November 21, 2017

Matt Kittle, an investigative reporter with the MacIver Institute, a Wisconsin-based think tank, believes taxpayers in Madison are getting fleeced. He might be right. In a column published on Nov. 15, Kittle reported that the Madison Common Council has spent $841,00 in pursuit of a taxpayer-financed, government-owned broadband network—and might spend more even though a …

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