Madison, Wisconsin Terminates the Contract with the Firm Providing Internet to Low Income Neighborhoods. Knowing When to Pull the Plug

Posted on December 18, 2017



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Madison Wisconsin Terminates the Contract with the Firm Providing Internet Service to Low Income Neighborhoods.  Knowing When to Pull the Plug on a Municipal Broadband Adventure:

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/madison-terminates-contract-with-firm-providing-internet-service-to-low/article_72a2a83d-0a2e-5710-9673-706704145b5d.html

Madison, Wisconsin has a wealth of private broadband companies capable of delivering extremely high-speed internet at reasonable prices for both residential and business.  Broadband providers in Madison are Spectrum, AT&T Universe, Century Link, TDS, Dish, and DirecTV.  Why then would a large and economically prosperous municipality build a fiber-to-the-premises internet to compete in an already broadband saturated area?  And soon a private 5K wireless network will emerge here.

Remember the City of Salisbury, N.C. squandered millions on the Fibrant Debacle.  Who did their feasibility study at the outset and why didn’t they pull the plug a decade ago after their soft rollout?  Somebody hid the feedback during the soft rollout and for almost a decade.

 

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