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Town Wins Court Case Allowing it to Build Fiber Network

Category: Internet
Posted: June 3, 2009 04:20PM
Author: CheeseMan42

A small town in Minnesota has won what could be an important court case against the local telephone provider, Bridgewater. The city of Monticello decided to sell bonds in order to build an advanced fiber internet network that would benefit all citizens with access to high speed internet. The main complaint from Bridgewater was that the use of bonds was illegal as they can only be used for a variety of reasons, including building of utilities. The ruling handed down by an appeals court was that internet is indeed a utility, and the project will be able to continue. However, while the case was tied up in court, Bridgewater built its own fiber network to provide fast internet speeds to the residents, making the town wonder if finishing the fiber network makes sense financially.



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Skrumzy on June 4, 2009 09:15AM
Sorry this is like the third time reading this..and it makes me mad..because corporations like this is exactly why we are where we are now..Greedy and unwilling to promote change for the better..the U.S use to be #1 in network infrastructure but has long been passed by foreign countries such as Korea and Japan..Currently I am on a Fiber line in Japan which is normal for this country..And for a group of people trying to get something done locally for them and the company to lose and turn around and beat them to it...disgrace...American spirit, f*ck over everyone else to make a buck..
tkrow21 on June 4, 2009 09:44AM
I'm in America and get 30/.5mbps for $30.
nickosha on June 4, 2009 10:27AM
Holy crap tkrow21, where is that? I get 5mbps service for $40, but I live in a rural area so it's pretty typical.
Jump4h on June 5, 2009 02:59PM
Finland / 8 Mbps/ 40 € -_-

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