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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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Waters: “If The Private Sector Can Do The Job, Let It”

December 5, 2017

Jim Waters of Kentucky’s Bluegrass Institute has written another excellent column about KentuckyWired, the statewide, government-owned broadband network Coalition for the New Economy (CNE) readers have heard so much about. (See CNE’s most recent KentuckyWired coverage here, here, and here.) In the Bowling Green Daily News, Waters asks, “If you can find a service offered …

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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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Black Friday, Cyber Monday Show Reach Of Mobile Broadband

November 30, 2017

Americans celebrated Cyber Monday earlier this week and, by all accounts, this “holiday” is quickly becoming as popular, or more so, than Black Friday. As CNET reports, this year consumers spent nearly $6.59 billion online on Cyber Monday, 16.8 percent more than they spent on the same day in 2016. (Black Friday was pretty popular …

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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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