San Juan Islands Broadband Without Debt?

debt“The Institute for Local Self-Reliance has just released a new case study on community broadband — this one examines how Chanute, Kansas, built its own broadband network over a period of many years without borrowing.”

The OPALCO Plan calls for spending 38 million membership dollars to build a new network, perhaps a bit less or 40 million more, no precise plan is currently available.

here’s the jump to the resst of the story.. Chanute, Kansas, built its own broadband network

More news on building community broadband networks in the San Juan Islands.

“Martin County is a model example of how local governments can cut costs, increase efficiencies, and spur economic development,” according to Christopher Mitchell, Director of ILSR’s Telecommunications as Commons Initiative. “Local governments will need broadband networks in 10, 15, 30 years – they should consider owning the asset rather than leasing indefinitely.”

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