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Municipal Broadband Is No Utopia

Like most utopian dreams, the Utah Telecommunications Open Infrastructure Agency, or Utopia, hasn't panned out. Utopia, a consortium of 11 municipalities to build a fiber-optic network, was initially financed in 2004 with a $185 million bond; it was supposed to be completed in three years and have a positive cash flow in five. The project is a prime example of why governments should not be in the business of building or operating broadband networks—and why the federal government should not be in the business of cheerleading for them.

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Thoughts on an Ohio Breakfast

Evolutions are often marked by discrete events that might not garner attention at the moment they occur. Nor is their impact on the greater cycle in which they exist necessarily discernible, though in retrospect the aggregate impact cannot be ignored. Similarly, seemingly watershed events, though impressive, are not necessarily determinative of long term outcomes. Like a momentary spike in stock indexes, they may cause a sudden ripple, but in the long run may be more curiosity than consequence.

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More in Ohio can get high-speed Internet

The number of households that now can send emails, shop online and watch YouTube videos soared in Ohio in the past 30 months, a new report shows. Nearly 87 percent of Ohio households have access to high-speed Internet service, according to a survey released this week by Connect Ohio, a group that promotes Internet access. That figure is 25 percentage points higher than in a similar survey taken in October 2011 and is better than the national average of 78.6 percent.

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FCC approves plan to allow for paid priority on Internet

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted in favor of advancing a proposal that would dramatically reshape the way consumers experience the Internet, opening the possibility of Internet service providers to charge Web sites for higher-quality delivery of their content to American consumers.

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Ohio Utilities Protection Service Annual Membership Meeting

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August 19-22, 2014

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Minneapolis, Minnesota

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