Category Archives: Municipal finance

PUD trends signal $92.5 million in year-end balances at Chelan PUD

The people of Chelan County should read the news with satisfaction. Their public utility is on course to finish the year $10 million ahead of budget. If trends continue, Chelan County PUD will end the year $92.5 million in the … Continue reading

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Finally, an opinion that puts the blame where it belongs

In today’s Wire Opinion, Don’t Blame Big Cable. It’s Local Governments That Choke Broadband Competition, we finally have a view of the local broadband world that begins to capture the reality facing incumbent Internet providers. Here’s the key: Deploying broadband … Continue reading

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USDA announces another round of rural broadband funding

USDA announces another round of rural broadband funding through its Community Connect program. Go here for the rules for this round. In its announcement the department notes: In addition to Community Connect grants, USDA Rural Development provides loans and loan guarantees … Continue reading

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Muni Broadband is Still a Net Money Loser, says Reason

A shift to more interventionist government has led …several states, mindful of the checkered financial history of such efforts, and fearing the fiscal liability they pose, have been drafting legislation to rein in these projects which, when they fail, leave … Continue reading

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Palo Alto Dark Fiber Brings $2.1 Million Per Year – this is more like it

The model described in this post from Community Broadband Networks is a more appropriate and sustainable government approach. Dark fiber leasing of government-owned fiber to taxpaying, private internet retailers can bring important high-speed connectivity to rural residents and businesses at … Continue reading

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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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Five rationales for municipal broadband deconstructed, discredited – Part IV

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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