Monthly Archives: August 2012

FCC broadband progress report, the rest of the story

The FCC released its 8th progress report and map on broadband deployment across the country. In it announcement the Commission notes: The nation has made significant progress expanding high-speed Internet access in recent years, but further implementation of major reforms … Continue reading

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Chattanooga’s Smart Grid: The Real Cost to Taxpayers » Coalition for the New Economy

In Chattanooga’s Smart Grid: The Real Cost to Taxpayers  the Coalition for the New Economy estimates that the area’s smart grid system will cost taxpayers $173.3 million more than originally estimated.

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Muni attitudes toward debt defaults may jeopardize their low-interest borrowing

Several recent Wall Street Journal articles have discussed (possible) municipal debt defaults. The Muni Blues article included pictures of Wenatchee (Washington) city officials in a legislative hearing last session. Two related WSJ articles discuss Berkshire Hathaway trimming its muni holdings and the SEC seeking to … Continue reading

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How can government-owned enterprises simultaneously compete with and serve their own taxpayers, while hiding from open records, public disclosure requirements

There has been a burst of ink on Utah’s UTOPIA over the last few days in response the state auditor’s most recent report on the muni-broadband cooperative. Below I’ve compiled all the news links to date and summarized the auditor’s … Continue reading

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Municipalization on the general election ballot

With Washington’s primary elections behind us we are now set for a couple of key municipalization races in this fall’s general. In Thurston County the PUD is not only running an initiative asking voters for the authority to deliver public power, but … Continue reading

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Tri-City debates public broadband

The Tri-City Herald weighed in August 3 with its take on government-owned broadband saying high-speed internet access is essential for rural residents (Editorials: Tri-CityHerald) and constructing a straw-man of urban-dwellers who take their broadband speeds for granted. And, public utility district (PUD) commissioners … Continue reading

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