LINKS TO FFM STORIES 2009-2012

2012

$70 Million Countywide Government Telecom Network on Hold (September 5, 2012)

$35 Million Prior Lake Telecom Proposal Pits City Against Private Business (August 1, 2012)

Telecom Referendum “Loss” Turns into a Win With Lower Prices and Faster Broadband 7/20/12

Monticello Stops Bond Payments on Troubled Municipal Telecom (June 6, 2012)

FiberNet Management Company Parts Ways with Troubled Monticello City Telecom Network (May 30, 2012)

DC Oversight Hearing on Stimulus Broadband Funding Includes Controversial Lake Co. Project  (May16, 2012)

Monticello’s FiberNet Warns Bondholders as Losses Mount  (May15, 2012)

Winthrop Resident and Businesses Start Petition Drive to Force Vote on $70 Million Project (April 23, 2012)

City of Arlington’s Likely Rejection of Broadband Plan a Big Blow to Proposed $70 Million Network (March 19, 2012)

What’s the DIF? City of Minneapolis’ Wi-Fi Digital Inclusion Fund (DIF) Comes Up $1 Million Short (March13,2012)

Monticello Telecom System Loses Millions of Taxpayer Dollars as Customers Depart (February 20, 2012)

Southwest Minnesota Town Says $15 Million Stimulus Broadband Project May be Shelved (January13, 2012)                                                                                                   

2011

Local Officials Acknowledge $63 Million Telecom Network Involves Risk for Taxpayers (December 22, 2011)

City Report Shows Highly Touted Monticello Fiber Optic Network Facing Financial Challenges (September 26, 2011)

Tonka Disconnected: A Victory for Twin City Taxpayers (August 4, 2011)

Minneapolis Star Tribune Op-Ed: Not Every City Should Take on Broadband  (March 29, 2010)

Tonka Disconnect: Shorewood Pulls the Plug on Joining Costly Taxpayer-Funded Telecom Network (July 26, 2011)

Another Minnesota Broadband Stimulus Project Turns to Local Taxpayers (July 6 2011)

Taxpayers Underserved by University of Minnesota’s Multi-Million Dollar Broadband Stimulus Project (May 6, 2011)

Thanks But No Thanks: Minnesota Tribes Reject $1.7 Million in Stimulus Funds (April 13, 2011)

Lake County Taxpayers Take All the Risks, While St. Louis County Residents Share the Rewards (March 25, 2011)

Duluth News Tribune Op-Ed: Lake County Fiber Project Leaves Taxpayers Unprotected, Uninformed (January 9, 2011)

2010

MPR Commentary: When There’s a Private Option, Cities Have no Business Offering Broadband (December 2, 2010)

Minneapolis Star Tribune Op-Ed: Not Every City Should Take on Broadband  (March 29, 2010)

2009

Stimulus Spending for Laptops and iPods? (October 22, 2009)

Red Wing Republican Eagle Op-Ed: Lay the Groundwork for Constructive Fiber-Optic Debate (March 5, 2009)

North St. Paul Officials Operate “Under the Radar” on PolarNet (February 23, 2009)

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