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Johnny Kampis is a content editor and staff writer at Johnny previously worked in the newspaper industry and as a freelance writer, and has been published in The New York Times,, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A former semi-professional poker player, Kampis is writing a book documenting the poker scene at the 2016 World Series of Poker, a decade after the peak of the poker boom. You can follow him on Twitter @TuscaloosaJohn or reach him via email at [email protected]

Report: Public-private partnerships may be better for broadband deployment

By   /  July 21, 2016  /  National, News, Technology  /  No Comments

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While the Institute for Local Self-Reliance advocates for cities to break up monopoly control of the local internet marketplace and help underserved residents by getting into the broadband business, a new report from the organization suggests public-private partnerships (PPPs) may be a better way to go about that by shifting more of the financial burden to the private sector.

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Charter advocates hope favorable report leads to more equitable funding

By   /  July 21, 2016  /  Colorado, Education, News  /  No Comments

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“I think it’s an affirmation of what we’ve been saying this past legislative session,” Schaller added. “There’s no reason these schools should be funded any differently.”

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Senators urge FCC to expand mobile broadband for farmers

By   /  July 18, 2016  /  National, News, Technology  /  No Comments

A TALE OF TWO ECONOMIES: As farm income continue to slump, the ethanol industry is enjoying a boom, thanks in large part to the federal government's Renewable Fuel Standard.

“We hope this isn’t an excuse for the FCC to spend more money,” he said. “Use the existing resources.”

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Petitioners worry Lifeline broadband subsidy process could exacerbate fraud

By   /  July 11, 2016  /  National, News, Technology  /  No Comments

POINTS: Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler

A regulatory commission and a coalition of states are worried that a plan by the Federal Communications Commission to fast-track broadband subsidies for Lifeline could exacerbate fraud and abuse of the program.

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Assistant AG says Virginia broadband sale OK, but issues still lurk

By   /  July 11, 2016  /  News, Technology, Virginia  /  No Comments

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The deadline for the BYU-Sunset Digital deal has been pushed back to Aug. 5. The tobacco commission now wants about $28 million of its grant funding to OptiNet returned if the deal is completed.

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There’s HOPE for five Aurora charters, as state board overturns local closure

By   /  July 8, 2016  /  Colorado, Education, News  /  No Comments

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Board Member Pam Mazanec, a Republican, said she couldn’t “in good conscience close the door to this option for these students.”

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