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11/28/2017 | 1:44:41 PM
Re: double tax
I just hope they get everything sorted. I imagine the rest of the country could use some kind of guideline for future projects similar in nature. Helpful case studies could come out of this if ever they come to an agreement.
11/28/2017 | 11:30:15 AM
Re: double tax
In the neverending quest for balance and fairness, the opposing arguments will undoubtedly go on for some time, with lots of attorneys voice what the precedent in laws and regulations allow. But the cities seem to have a valid point noting that they need "not just to cover costs, but also to fund digital inclusion initiatives and generally to ensure equitable broadband access." I would image there may be hidden costs to cites as well as devices and infrastructures build on city streets and poles.
11/15/2017 | 12:06:09 PM
Re: Correction
Yikes, sorry about that. Kansas it is. Thanks for pointing it out. 
11/14/2017 | 6:30:06 PM
Lenexa Kansas not Lenexa Texas although I’m sure that would also be a delightful place!
11/13/2017 | 4:28:01 PM
Shooting themselves in the foot
Perhaps these elected officials should trade places with their counterparts in unserved and underserved communities who can't get service providers to give them the time-of-day, never mind Gigabit-capable broadband service.

Squeezing carriers for vigorish is not a good strategy. They can take their capex elsewhere, and leave uncooperative communities behind. That's why Boston got "no FiOS for you" back in 2008 or so. Then-Mayor Tom Menino (RIP) thought that the cable franchise was worth more to Verizon than they did. FiOS envy is a real thing for Boston residents.

The city learned from that experience. The Boston/Verizon partnership is a great win-win model that other municipalities would be wise to adopt.

Ironically, digital inclusion (in the form of low cost/high velocity broadband deployment to MDUs) will probably be one of the main use cases for fixed 5G.

-- Dan Grossman 
11/13/2017 | 2:33:58 PM
double tax
The fee debate goes on. This doesn't seem to be any closer to resolution - I hope they get there soon. I'm glad to be outside the discussions. This can't be an easy problem to fix with all the parties involved.

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