Boulder, Colorado Lawmakers Explore Plans for Taxpayer-Funded Internet

Heartland Institute - Clark Packard, policy and government affairs manager for the National Taxpayers Union, says lawmakers should examine the history of other cities’ attempts at creating GONs. 

“Recent history is replete with examples of failed government-owned networks,” Packard said. “A recent case study from the New York Law School looked at Chattanooga’s muni broadband program. It has been a disaster. It cost $390 million to deploy the network; $280 million in debt financing and loans; $111 million in federal loans. All of this has to be paid back by consumers.”

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