Monthly Archives: December 2012

Government competition with private providers should always concern taxpayers and utility ratepayers

The Seattle Times reports that the Washington State Auditor has told the city of Lynnwood that further loans from the city’s utility to the city’s municipal golf course are not allowed, because according to the article, “the golf course can’t afford to … Continue reading

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Broadband Internet access is NOT like rural electrification

In belated response to specious arguments like those from the Roosevelt Institute on behalf of public broadband schemes, remember that fiber and broadband Internet access is not like rural electrification in the 1930s … in several important ways. Possibly the most important way in which … Continue reading

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Muni-cable venture for sale in Groton, CT

News today comes from the Northeast town of Groton, CT where The Day reports that Groton Utilities’ venture into cable an ambitious idea that didn’t pan out. The town of Groton has voted to sell its municipally-owned cable and Internet venture. Congratulations! … Continue reading

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