Op-Ed: Minnesota over-reaches on new broadband standards

By   /  June 23, 2017  /  Commentary, Minnesota, Opinion  /  1 Comment

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In a quest to boost the state’s broadband coverage, Minnesota has overstepped by reaching for too-high standards that may actually hurt rural broadband expansion. The Governor’s Task Force on Broadband has set ambitious goals for high-speed internet coverage in Minnesota following near-successful implementation of the previous standard. That initial goal of wireline download speeds of […]

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Group seeks transparency in high-stakes Puerto Rico bankruptcy case

By   /  June 16, 2017  /  District of Columbia, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, News, Ohio, Pennsylvania  /  1 Comment

A group of investigative journalists in Puerto Rico is suing the congressionally created board that acts as the island territory’s representative in bankruptcy proceedings, claiming they are failing to be transparent in their financial dealings. The stakes are high for plenty of Americans, as Puerto Rico’s debt has far-reaching implications in a number of financial sectors […]

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Sun Prairie sale ends costly experiment

By   /  June 9, 2017  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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The sale of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin’s municipal broadband system, completes a failed experiment that left ratepayers on the hook for years of financial losses. TDS Telecommunications Corporation recently announced it had completed the purchase of the telecom assets of Sun Prairie Utilities. The network was bought for $2.88 million, slightly more than the city’s outstanding […]

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Hearing aid legislation would raise cost of personal sound amplification products

By   /  May 18, 2017  /  Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, News, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Uncategorized, Vermont, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

With a committee vote pending on the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017, critics of the legislation warn the bill would increase government regulations and raise the cost of personal sound amplification products (PSAPs). A gun-owner group warned in a letter on Tuesday that language in the act could even tread into Second Amendment rights. […]

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