Monticello's model broadband effort in peril TOM MEERSMAN, Star Tribune June 7, 2012 But Monticello says it won't abandon FiberNet's 1,700 customers. Once seen as a national model, Monticello's broadband network can no longer pay its bills. The city, about 40 miles northwest of the Twin Cities, notified banks and bondholders Wednesday that it will no longer make debt service payments on $26 million worth of revenue bonds that were sold to build the fiber optic system in 2009.
Three Orono councilors told a dissenting colleague to follow along or step down from LMCC committee assignment. Orono city councilors have told a fellow panelist and his resident counterpart that they must cast a vote as the majority directs or face replacement as the city's representatives to the Lake Minnetonka Communications Commission (LMCC).
FFM research was featured in the latest 5 Eyewitness News piece on a potential taxpayer funded fiber project in the Lake Minnetonka area: Tonkaconnect.
FFM's Tom Steward wrote a piece featured in the Duluth News Tribune on the proposed plan to bring a muni-network to Lake County, MN.
"As municipalities across the state consider whether to invest in mega-million-dollar telecommunication systems, the ones really taking the biggest risk are the taxpayers."
FFM Investigative Director Tom Steward's letter to the editor on municipal involvement for broadband was featured in the Star Tribune.
The commentary piece by FFM Investigative Director Tom Steward was featured in the Star Tribune yesterday. Steward raises the issue of local governments becoming involved with providing broadband service to its citizens, even though it has already cost taxpayers a significant amount in many places.
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