Government-owned Broadband Networks EXPLAINED: Part 1

Chip Baltimore of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance in Part 1 of his series “Government-owned Broadband Networks EXPLAINED”

In this short video, Chip talks about:

  1. Most so called successful Broadband utilities are subsidized by deep pockets municipal electric utilities. 
  2. The financial damage and higher electricity rates caused when Muscatine Iowa went down this path in 1997.
  3. Financial games are common in municipal broadband efforts.

At the end, he cautions that citizens need to pay attention and be aware of what is happening behind the scenes when situations like this come to your city or town.


More about Chip Baltimore and the TPA (

Chip Baltimore is a Senior Fellow at the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, a former 4 term state legislator for Iowa. He is also an attorney having spent the 13 years as General Counsel and Trust Officer of Boone Bank & Trust Co., and 10 years in private legal practice in Boone, Iowa.  

The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) TPA is a rapid response non-profit, non-partisan taxpayer group dedicated to educating the public through the research, analysis and dissemination of information on the government’s effects on the economy. TPA will hold government officials accountable at all levels of government.

Additional Resources

For additional information on PROP B and risks Lucas taxpayers need to know, see the article:
“Risks Lucas Taxpayers Need To Know About Prop B: The Vanity Internet Project”

For a 3rd part independent review of the Magellan Feasibility study which is the foundation of PROP B, see the article:
Taxpayers Protection Alliance Weighs in with Negative Review of Magellan’s Study