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Minnesota Municipal Network Up For Sale

June 21, 2017

According to the Lake County News-Chronicle, last Tuesday, the Lake County, Minn. Board of Commissioners vote unanimously to sell its municipal broadband network. The board began considering a sale just last month. The system, called Lake Connections, operated for seven years. Lake County will now pursue buyers. The process means current subscribers face an uncertain …

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Rochester, MN Votes Down City Broadband Plan

June 12, 2017

In a few blog posts recently, the Coalition for the New Economy has discussed Rochester, Minn.’s debate about whether to pursue a government-owned broadband network. It appears that, last week, the City Council put the debate to rest—for this year, at least. The council voted against pursuing an official study to look into building a …

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Freedom Foundation Of Minnesota: Rochester City Network A Bad Idea

August 15, 2016

The Rochester, Minn. Post-Bulletin published a compelling op-ed last week by Freedom Foundation of Minnesota CEO Annette Meeks counseling city officials in Rochester to abandon plans to build a municipal broadband network there. Meeks argues, “Before the Rochester broadband proposal moves ahead, everyone should be aware of one crucial fact: Many local governments that have …

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