ST. PAUL — North Saint Paul City Administrator Wally Wysopal was the loudest cheerleader for a proposed $18.5 million taxpayer-backed telecom network dubbed PolarNet in 2009.
“It provides economic development opportunities like we don’t have today and that’s what we want to do is distinguish North Saint Paul from any other community in the metro area,” Wysopal said at the time.
Even after North Saint Paul voters overwhelmingly rejected the controversial fiber-optic network, Wysopal said he thought it might be viable with some fine-tuning.
“We need to find out what went wrong and what’s salvageable,” Wysopal told the Ramsey County-Maplewood Review.
Three years later, Wysopal remains a vocal advocate — not for PolarNet, but for the private telecom providers who opposed the city’s proposal.