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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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Ask Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn about Gigabit Squared broadband

Ask Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn | KUOW News and Information. Starting at about the minute 21.22 mark through minute 25, the mayor discusses the city’s much reported plans to work with Gigabit Squared in several pilots projects to bring fiber … Continue reading

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OPALCO broadband initiative questioned

OPALCO democratic principles tested by broadband initiative | Guest column by Gray Cope – Journal of the San Juan Islands.  

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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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