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Citizens Against Government Waste: KentuckyWired Will Be Obsolete When It’s Built

November 9, 2017

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) is the latest taxpayer advocacy group to question whether Kentucky should finish its statewide, government-owned broadband system, KentuckyWired. (Kentucky’s Bluegrass Institute and the Taxpayers Protection Alliance also have been outspoken in their advocacy against the network.) In a recent column in the Lexington Herald Leader, CAGW’s State Policy Manager Spencer …

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Municipal Broadband: “A Long And Hazardous Journey”

October 31, 2017

The news site Law360 recently examined state and local efforts to spur rural broadband development, including the proliferation of taxpayer-financed municipal broadband networks. Reporter Kelcee Griffis found that, in general, city broadband projects are struggling. She cited Greenfield, Mass.’s government network, which became subject to “a corruption probe just months after it began offering internet …

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More Opposition To KentuckyWired

October 26, 2017

Recently, several news outlets in Kentucky, including SurfKY.com, ran a column by Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions CEO Jim Waters. Waters compares KentuckyWired, the commonwealth’s statewide broadband network, to the “Big Dig,” a Massachusetts roads project that took decades to build and eventually became the most expensive highway project in U.S. history. Like the …

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State Journal: Time For A Timeout On KentuckyWired

October 10, 2017

Last week, this blog wrote about growing state legislator discontent with KentuckyWired, the Bluegrass State’s government-owned broadband network. Now it seems members of the media in Kentucky are also growing impatient with the network and its overseers.  In an editorial, The State Journal, Frankfort, Ky.’s largest newspaper, said, “At minimum, the state needs to call …

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Associated Press Digs Into KentuckyWired

October 3, 2017

In August, the Coalition for the New Economy (CNE) asked how much it would cost Kentucky taxpayers to finish their state’s government-owned broadband network, KentuckyWired. Two months later, we’re still not sure. And, if Associated Press reporter Adam Beam is right, it’s not clear when this project will be finished, or if it ever will …

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How Much Will Taxpayers Need To Spend To Finish KentuckyWired?

August 14, 2017

Last week, this blog highlighted state lawmakers’ growing worries about KentuckyWired, the Bluegrass State’s taxpayer-financed broadband system. We noted that, in a recent legislative hearing, some officials even called for plans to shut down the network.  Bluegrass Institute President and CEO Jim Waters, who reported on the hearing in Richmond Register, seems to think that’s …

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Kentucky Lawmakers Souring On Statewide Broadband Network

August 11, 2017

Lawmakers in Kentucky are growing more and more worried about the government’s statewide, taxpayer-financed broadband network, KentuckyWired. According to WFPL, during a legislative hearing on August 3 “lawmakers expressed anger” about the system’s “delayed launch and uncertain financial outlook.”  Lawmakers expressed other concerns as well. Rep. Michael Meredith suggested that he was worried that the …

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Bluegrass Institute Says Secrecy Surrounds KentuckyWired Network

July 3, 2017

According to a recent article on the organization’s website, the Bluegrass Institute has been asking some serious questions about oversight of the statewide broadband network, KentuckyWired. The institute has so far come up short … but not for lack of trying. As Amye Bensenhaver, director of the Bluegrass Institute’s Center for Open Government, explains, a …

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Louisville Radio Host: Better Uses For $5.4 Million Than Municipal Network

June 20, 2017

Last month, this blog reported that Louisville, Ky. Mayor Greg Fischer has proposed to spend $5.4 million in taxpayer funding on a government-owned fiber optic cable network. The network would span 96 miles. One 6.6-mile stretch would cost $2.7 million on its own. In that post, the Coalition for the New Economy noted that approximately …

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Fitch Ratings Concerned About KentuckyWired Construction Delays

January 6, 2017

Right before the holidays last month, Fitch Ratings released its latest assessment of the $232 million in bonds issued for Kentucky’s statewide, government-subsidized broadband network, KentuckyWired. According to Watchdog.Org, Fitch kept the bonds “at a mediocre BBB+, but changed the outlook to negative” for several reasons. Fitch explained that it was switching the outlook to …

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