Lawmaker says he was misled in battle against private Internet providers

By   /  January 22, 2016  /  News, Technology, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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“AT&T has already invested $1 million in Tennessee on wire and wireless services,” Green said. “Why should the government spend millions to stick a fiber in the ground when in the future most of these things will connect wirelessly anyway?”

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Vermont Senate and House Ed Committee members battle over repeal of spending caps

By   /  January 20, 2016  /  Education, Issues, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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The Vermont Senate voted to repeal spending caps passed last year to halt rising property taxes, but members of the House Committee on Education on Wednesday voted unanimously against repealing the spending thresholds in Act 46.

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Bevin mum on state-owned broadband

By   /  January 15, 2016  /  Kentucky, News, State Government, Technology  /  No Comments

By Chris Butler Kentucky’s new tea party-backed governor has not yet addressed the pending creation of a $350 million statewide municipal broadband project that many tea party supporters — as well as private Internet service providers — want killed. But a spokesperson says he might soon. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin took the oath of office last month and […]

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House Education Committee unanimously votes to raise spending caps

By   /  January 13, 2016  /  Education, Issues, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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If Tuesday night’s committee vote is any indication, then it looks like the 2 percent annual spending cap on school budgets mandated by Act 46 will increase by 0.9 percent.

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North Dakota’s oil and gas regulators say they’ll better explain fine reductions

By   /  January 12, 2016  /  News, North Dakota  /  No Comments

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North Dakota’s top oil and gas regulators say they’re going to start providing written explanations to the public when they reduce fines for spills.

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Dear Williston: You can’t make them love you

By   /  January 12, 2016  /  Commentary, Energy and Environment, Jobs + Growth, North Dakota  /  No Comments

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By Rob Port The Los Angeles Times has a story (with contributions from former Williston Herald reporter Eric Killelea) about how Williston, North Dakota – which branded itself “Boomtown USA” during the Bakken oil boom – is handling the oil slowdown. One question which should have been asked but apparently wasn’t is how city leader now feel about their “boomtown” branding. […]

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