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More Information On Sun Prairie Municipal Broadband Sale

June 15, 2017

Back in February, this blog reported that Sun Prairie, Wis. had announced a deal to sell its municipal broadband network to a private provider, TDS Telecommunications. The city-owned network cost more than $9.3 million in debt and attracted only 200 to 500 customers. The network did not serve the entire city. As a result, Sun …

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Sun Prairie Sale A Win-Win-Win

April 24, 2017

The Sun Prairie, Wis. City Council recently voted to sell its government-owned broadband system to TDS Telecom for $2.88 million. The deal appears to be a win for city taxpayers, local broadband consumers, and the city itself.  First, the deal will allow the city to completely relieve itself from the debt associated with the network, …

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Sun Prairie System Runs Significant Deficits, Only Serves 5 Percent Of Residents

March 14, 2017

As the Coalition for the New Economy reported last month, the city of Sun Prairie, Wis. wants to sell its government-owned broadband network. The network only has 200 subscribers, about five percent of city residents, and the city is carrying millions of dollars in debt for it. Armed with records obtained through a Freedom of …

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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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