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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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Fort Collins Chamber: City Must Slow Down Municipal Broadband Efforts

August 9, 2017

As this blog reported last month, Loveland, Colo. has decided to slow down its plans to build a municipal broadband network. Several officials said they wanted more time to explore and study the issue. In a column in the Coloradan, Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO David May says his city should …

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Seattle Mayoral Candidates Discuss Municipal Broadband

July 26, 2017

Twenty-one individuals currently are vying to be Seattle’s next mayor. The primary election is August 1 and in advance of that, GeekWire submitted six questions to each candidate, including one asking whether the candidates would try to build a municipal network if elected. Only 12 individuals answered GeekWire and, of those, only four seemed to …

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Loveland, Colo. Won’t Ask Residents About Municipal Broadband

July 13, 2017

Earlier this week, this blog reported that voters in Greeley, Colo. might get to vote this November on whether their city leaders should pursue a government-owned broadband network. While leaders in Greeley seem to want to move forward with that vote, officials in Loveland, Colo. have put the brakes on municipal broadband. According to the …

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Greeley And Windsor, Colo. To Spend $85,000 On Municipal Broadband Study

July 12, 2017

The city of Greeley, Colo. recently decided to join another Colorado town, Windsor, in producing a broadband feasibility study. The study, which Windsor Now reports will cost a total of $85,000 ($35,000 from Windsor and $50,000 from Greeley) will examine consumer demand for a municipal broadband network and determine options for building such a system. …

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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, Minn. Muni Advocates Rely On Anecdotes, Assumptions

May 17, 2017

As this blog reported last month, for two years the Rochester, Minn. City Council has delayed making a decision about a municipal broadband network. According to a report this month in the Rochester Post Bulletin, the city still is still considering the issue. The question is whether there really is a market for a city-run …

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Economist: Opelika, Ala. Shouldn’t Expand Its Municipal Network

April 13, 2017

Earlier this month, an Alabama senate committee rejected a bill that would allow Opelika’s municipal broadband network to expand beyond its state-mandated footprint. According to George Ford, chief economist of the Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies, the Senate’s decision was the right one for taxpayers. In a column posted Sunday …

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Advancing Internet Adoption

March 29, 2017

With near-universal broadband coverage—thanks to more than $1.5 trillion invested by private providers in broadband infrastructure—the Coalition for the New Economy (CNE) has long argued that lawmakers should focus on increasing internet adoption, not on selling internet service directly to consumers via government networks. Indeed, according to the most recent Pew numbers, about 13 percent …

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Taxpayer Advocacy Groups Outline Municipal Broadband Risks

March 28, 2017

  Taxpayer advocacy groups are becoming increasingly vocal in their opposition to government-owned broadband networks. As we noted last month, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance Foundation has assembled data on more than 200 government networks and their impact on local taxpayers and electricity ratepayers. Here are some other recent arguments that caught the Coalition for the …

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