Category Archives: Legal Authority

Five rationales for municipal broadband, deconstructed, discredited – Part V

New York Law School authors Davidson and Santorelli in their March 2013 research, Evaluating the Rationales for Government-Owned Broadband Networks, looked at five common rationales offered by municipal broadband advocates for government ownership and entry broadband service delivery. In this post we … Continue reading

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Supreme Court narrows antitrust exemptions for local government

The Gordon, Thomas, Honeywell’s Energy and Natural Resources Law Blog reports on a recent US Supreme Court decision narrows antitrust exemptions for local government entities. I’m assuming it will apply to government-owned broadband utilities, as well as their energy utilities. GTH says,  In … Continue reading

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Grant PUD considers withdrawing from NoaNet

Grant PUD commissioners Tuesday discussed a recommendation from Communications Network Manager Warren Miller to consider withdrawing from NoaNet. In his recommendation memo Miller warned: A retail telecommunications business model for NoaNet creates little value but great risk for Grant County … Continue reading

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PUDs shouldn’t sell broadband | The Wenatchee World

These comments from Wenatchee World publisher Rufus Woods from November 2011 are worth remembering and repeating: Officials of local broadband companies are correct when they say that if the public utilities are allowed to compete with them to sell services … Continue reading

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NoaNet connects to anchor institutions in Washington

PSBJ reports that NoaNet (the Northwest Open Access Network) will be connecting communities across Washington to high-speed Internet. NoaNet, a nonprofit organization owned by 12 public utility districts and network service providers, is using the grant money to connect rural … Continue reading

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