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What Others Are Saying about Obama’s Municipal Broadband Announcement

January 23, 2015

After his trip to Cedar Falls, Iowa last week and State of the Union address on Tuesday, a growing chorus of voices have weighed in against President Barack Obama’s plan to expand government-owned broadband networks (GONs). These individuals see GONs for what they are: costly taxpayer-funded projects that drive out the private sector and leave …

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Utahns Know Community Broadband Isn’t So Simple

January 21, 2015

Yesterday the editorial board at Utah’s Deseret News weighed in on President Barack Obama’s support of government-owned broadband networks (GONs). As CNE readers know, Utah residents have plenty of experience with GONs. Provo sold its network to Google for $1 after it couldn’t turn a profit and the cities and counties involved in the UTOPIA …

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Government-Owned Broadband Review of the Week: UTOPIA

September 11, 2014

Today the Coalition for the New Economy (CNE) continues its look at a recent study of government-owned broadband networks (GONs) from New York Law School‘s Charles Davidson and Michael Santorelli by examining their case study on Utah’s UTOPIA network, a GON with which CNE readers are very familiar. Plans for UTOPIA began in 2002 when …

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“UTOPIA Just Couldn’t Do It For Us”

August 11, 2014

Need more evidence that UTOPIA, Utah’s 11-city government owned broadband network (GON) has failed? While city leaders raised taxes to keep the network going – and are contemplating a takeover that would further increase fees – residents of Orem, Utah, one of the cities covered by UTOPIA, are now on record saying the network has …

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Round Two: 11 Cities Split on Vote to Adopt UTOPIA Network

July 25, 2014

In June, the Coalition for the New Economy reported leaders in Utah proposed partnering the state’s ailing government-owned broadband network (GON), UTOPIA, with an Australian finance firm, Macquarie Capital. We noted the agreement would allow the 11 localities to retain ownership of the system (Macquarie would manage and finish building the system), but would also …

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Utah Taxpayers Association Skeptical of UTOPIA’s Bailout Plan

June 12, 2014

Last week, we reported Utah’s UTOPIA government-owned broadband network, which has been in the red for years, is considering a bailout plan offered by an Australian firm, Macquarie. The bailout plan requires UTOPIA charge all residents in its 11 communities – regardless of whether they subscribe to UTOPIA’s services – a $20 monthly fee. A …

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Failed Municipal Network Leaves Taxpayers Footing the Bill

June 6, 2014

In Groton, Conn. and Provo, Utah city leaders approved plans to sell their failed municipal broadband networks for $1 each. (The systems each cost more than $35 million.) We thought those bad deals were pretty bad until we read a post from RStreet.Com about Utah’s UTOPIA network. (See the Coalition for the New Economy’s paper …

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Government-Owned Network in Utah Still Losing Taxpayer Money

May 19, 2014

Last year the Coalition for the New Economy released a report on UTOPIA, a broadband network in Utah owned and operated by several towns and counties. In that paper we reported, “UTOPIA lost $18.8 million in fiscal year 2011; has a negative net value of $120 million; and owes interest totaling $500 million until 2040.” …

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