Johnny Kampis is a content editor at Watchdog.org, and is helping to start the organization’s Alabama Watchdog bureau in his home state. Johnny previously worked in the newspaper industry and as a freelance writer, and has been published in The New York Times, Time.com, FoxNews.com and Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Georgia city passes on municipal broadband project

By   /  February 5, 2016  /  Georgia, News, Technology  /  No Comments

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Critics questioned whether there was enough demand for the project, as surveys to area businesses only demonstrated tepid interest in those companies paying thousands of dollars per month for fast Internet. City council members also expressed hesitation that there wouldn’t be enough customers to pay back the debt in creating the network.

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Lawmakers want to create school board ethics commission

By   /  February 4, 2016  /  Colorado, Education, News  /  No Comments

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“It points to something that comes up pretty often in Colorado,” said Jeffrey Roberts, executive director of the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition. “If you think there’s a violation your only recourse is to challenge it in district court.”

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Alabama governor lays plans for broadband expansion

By   /  February 3, 2016  /  Alabama, News, Technology  /  No Comments

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“There are two ways he can go with this,” Williams said. “He can go the big government route and spend $300 million to $500 million installing fiberoptic cable, or he can try to encourage the private sector to step in. We’re hoping he takes the minimalist approach as it relates to taxpayers.”

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Choice rejoice: More schools to join Wisconsin’s voucher program next year

By   /  February 2, 2016  /  Education, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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“You’re taking control of children’s education and putting it in parents’ hands,” he said.

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Colorado climbs charter school law rankings; Wisconsin, other states make strides

By   /  February 1, 2016  /  Alabama, Colorado, Education, Education Blog, Indiana, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools considers Colorado’s public charter school law the fifth best in the nation.

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State senator trying again to expand government broadband

By   /  January 29, 2016  /  Alabama, News, Technology  /  No Comments

WHATLEY: Government Internetneeded to fill rural gaps.

“We touch so many areas that are a rock’s throw away that don’t have any options,” Owens said. “It’s not about us going in there and saying we’re going to knock down Charter.”

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