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CBS Atlanta Asks Tough Questions of Georgia Anti-Community Broadband Bill

| Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Mar 6, 2013 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/cbs-atlanta-asks-tough-questions-of-georgia-anti-commnity-broadband-bill/

We finally see television news outlets asking the tough questions of bill pushed by powerful cable and telephone companies to prevent giving residents a real choice in cable and Internet service providers. We been covering this Georgia bill closely, and were glad to see this segment:

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The segment makes an error in suggesting that tax dollars are commonly used by local governments in building networks. They are not. Most municipal networks are built using revenue bonds, where the community does not pledge its full faith and credit. Instead, they sell bonds to private investors who are then repaid by the revenues generated by the network.

But this mistake is more than outweighed with the reveal at end of the video, that the municipal network in Thomasville allowed the city to drop its local property entirely. Yet another community benefiting tremendously from owning its own network.