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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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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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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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Roanoke $9 Million Broadband Scheme Is Bad For Taxpayers, Won’t Help Consumers

April 26, 2016

Roanoke County, Va. is considering whether to expand its municipal broadband network beyond Roanoke city limits into the rest of the county. The expansion is expected to cost taxpayers $9.6 million. In The Roanoke Times this week, Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association President Raphael C. LaMura explained why the expansion is a bad idea, and why …

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