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Fort Collins Moves Forward with Municipal Broadband

January 17, 2018

In Fort Collins, Colo., the City Council recently voted 7-0 to move forward with construction of a municipal broadband network. In Colorado, local governments are restricted from using taxpayer dollars to build their own broadband networks, but cities have the right to hold ballot measures opting out of the restriction.  In Fort Collins, that resolution …

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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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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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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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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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Monroe County, PA: Driving Private Sector Investment In Broadband

November 20, 2017

According to the Pocono Record, gigabit broadband service is now available in Monroe County, Penn.—and no taxpayer money was used to bring the service to the rural community, which is located just 100 miles outside of New York City. Last year, East Stroudsburg University, the Monroe 2030 Action Team, the Pocono Mountain Economic Development Corporation, …

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Massachusetts Taxpayers To Spend $45 Million More On State Broadband Network

November 16, 2017

According to the Berkshire Eagle, Massachusetts state legislators are getting ready to spend another $45 million to bring high-speed broadband to rural areas of the state. As readers of this blog know, the Bay State is home to a $90 million statewide, government-owned broadband network that is operated by the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI). Peter …

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