November 16, 2017
According to WBIR 10 News, the Lenoir City Utilities Board in Tennessee has contracted with Magellan Advisors, to study the need and demand for a municipal broadband network.
Coalition for the New Economy blog readers will remember that Magellan, which is based in Denver, Colo., was the focus of a May 2017 investigative report by the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA). TPA’s Johnny Kampis concluded that Magellan benefits financially not once, but twice when its comes to this type of study.
Specifically, Kampis pointed out that “Magellan has conducted such studies telling at least 200 local government entities they should build broadband networks.” Kampis also reported that, “after extensive internet research, there was no evidence of any broadband consultants – of which Magellan is the leader – telling a community that it shouldn’t build its own network.” While he was conducting his investigation, Kampis asked Magellan CEO John Honker to comment on his findings, but Honker “didn’t respond to a request for a comment.”
WBIR 10 News didn’t say how much the study, which consist of an online survey, will cost Lenoir City.
It’s not hard to find out that most city residents already have access to high-speed broadband, however. Lenoir City is located near Knoxville in Loudon County. According to the website Broadband Now, 90.2 percent of resident in Loudon County have access to broadband service that provides speeds of at least 25 megabits per second (mbps). Nearly 90 percent have access to speeds up to 100 mbps and gigabit service is getting started in the area.
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