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Another Government-Owned Broadband Sale

February 10, 2017

A Wisconsin government owned broadband network has been sold to a telecommunications company in an effort to let taxpayers “avoid future risk.” According to the Taxpayers Protection Alliance Foundation, under government ownership, the Sun Prairie system only attracted 200 customers and racked up more than $9.3 million in debt (or, more than $46,500 per customer). …

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Will Wisconsin Divert Energy Efficiency Dollars To Broadband?

November 4, 2016

According to Midwest Energy News, advocates in Wisconsin are worried that approximately $38 million to $63 million in funds that are supposed to go toward energy efficiency projects in rural areas of the state will be spent on broadband projects instead. At an October 20 hearing, the state’s Public Service Commission voted to “commit an …

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How Much Does City-Wide Internet Cost? Madison Finds Out

August 10, 2016

Madison, Wis. already has a limited government-owned fiber system that offers internet service to public buildings, including schools, libraries, and fire stations. Last year, leaders said they were interested in finding out how much it would cost to expand the network to “every resident and business in the city.” They hired an outside consultant to …

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Madison, Wis. – Another Seattle Or Another Chattanooga?

January 6, 2016

According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, officials in Madison, Wis. are considering whether to build a government-owned broadband network in their jurisdiction. Specifically, the city is looking at two models. Under the first model the city would “create and operate a broadband system much like a city-run utility.” Under the other scenario it would “partner with …

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