Bluegrass Beacon: Fearmongering fails with free-market reforms

Editor’s note: Senate Bill 10, which moves forward with properly deregulating the telecommunications industry in Kentucky passed the Senate 35-1 and the House of Representatives 75-13 and awaits Gov. Matt Bevin’s signature. The political left’s preferred pattern is to consign conservatism to the wilderness with obituaries of its much-ballyhooed demise abounding, signaling: it’s time to…

Bluegrass Beacon: Virus of secrecy infects KentuckyWired program

Editor’s note: Since this column was originally released on Sept. 17, the commonwealth finally – finally – posted the KentuckyWired contract. However, the points made here about this big-government boondoggle remain very timely and relevant. If Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration wants taxpayers to trust it to build KentuckyWired – a $350 million, 3,000-mile high-speed Internet…

On the air tonight: It’s another ‘Bluegrass Monday’ with Mandy Connell on 840 WHAS

Why government-owned broadband networks aren’t such a good idea — on tonight’s edition of Bluegrass Mondays @ 7:05 p.m. on Louisville’s NewsRadio 840 WHAS-AM with popular talk-show host Mandy Connell. We’ll be joined @ 7:20 p.m. by David Williams of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance to talk about the poor track record that Government Owned Broadband…

LTE: Broadband building best left to private companies

The following Letter to the Editor was written by former Bluegrass Institute/Koch summer intern Elaina Waters and published in Saturday’s Lexington Herald-Leader. It offers a free-market perspective on government-owned broadband networks. For more on this issue, check out this recent Bluegrass Beacon column on why Lexington’s proposal to build and operate a government-owned broadband network…

Broadband by bureaucrats: High costs of high-speed failure

While some in the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government consider it fashionable to build and operate a broadband network at taxpayers’ expense, citizens who take a moment to look at the price tag of similar outfits in other places should at least do some more price shopping before heading to the register. They may also want…

Kentucky House of Representatives finally — and overwhelmingly — answers call to reform telecom regulatory policy

Just four days after leftist ideologue and state AARP director Ron Bridges called on Kentucky lawmakers to once again stop reasonable telecom-reform legislation in the state House of Representatives – an overwhelming number of those lawmakers did the right thing by promptly ignoring Bridges’ tired Chicken Little drivel. Bridges, who’s much-less reasonable and knowledgeable than…

Bluegrass Beacon — Broadening broadband: Less government, more access; better government, more usage  

While Senate Bill 99 was left to languish on the precipice during this year’s General Assembly, the legislature instead agreed to issue $30 million of taxpayer-backed bonds with the stated goal of providing broadband access in eastern Kentucky to promote job growth. Frankfort’s big-spending politicians opted for spending millions in “Silicon Holler” while denying a…

Consequences of failing to pass telecom reform during the ’14 session already showing

Thanks to the fear mongering of left-wing politicians like Rep. Larry Clark, who’s in his 30th year in Frankfort, Kentucky’s largest city will now experience the consequences of failing to pass telecom reform. Ironically, Clark purports to represent Louisville and yet is standing in the way of reforms that have received overwhelming bipartisan support. Clark and…