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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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CDE Lightband Continually Disappoints Customers

March 8, 2017

According to Tennessee Watchdog, taxpayers in Clarksville, Tenn. have spent $75 million on a government-owned broadband network, CDE Lightband, that routinely leaves them in the dark. The network suffered an outage earlier this week, but it wasn’t the first. Tennessee Watchdog notes “the municipal broadband service has had several outages over the past three years.” …

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Grand Junction Votes Against Municipal Broadband

March 6, 2017

Last week this blog reported that city leaders in Grand Junction, Colo. were getting cold feet about diving into the broadband marketplace with a government-owned Internet Service Provider (ISP). According to KJCT8, city councilors went with their gut instincts (and history, which reveals the risks associated with municipal networks), voting last Wednesday not to move …

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TPA: Time For Taxpayers To Get Off The Sinking Google Fiber Ship

February 13, 2017

Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) President David Williams argues in a just-published op-ed that it’s time for local lawmakers to cut off Google Fiber’s line of corporate welfare. In the piece, Williams says that “while internet service providers (ISPs) have invested more than $1.5 trillion in private funds in building broadband infrastructure over the last two …

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TPAF Maps More Than 200 Government Broadband Failures

February 9, 2017

The Taxpayers Protection Alliance Foundation (TPAF) has just released an “online interactive map displaying information such as cost to taxpayers, debt, revenues, number of customers, and other facts related to more than 200 municipal broadband internet projects across America.” The map can be found here. According to TPAF President David Williams, the map proves that …

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Citizens Against Government Waste Supports Virginia Bill

February 6, 2017

As the Coalition for the New Economy reported last month, the Virginia General Assembly will consider a bill, House Bill (HB) 2108, this session that would put reasonable limits on government-owned broadband networks. The General Assembly’s Committee on Commerce and Labor approved a version of the legislation last week. (The bill was amended to require …

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