Association Urges Decatur To Reject Borrowing Plan

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DECATUR----The Illinois Telecommunications Association is urging Decatur's mayor and members of the Decatur City Council to say no to a borrowing proposal.

The plan calls for the city of Decatur to borrow $700,000 to expand a fiber Internet project for businesses in the city. In a letter to Mayor Jule Moore-Wolfe and city council members, the ITA says there is no need for additional fiber because every Decatur business already has access to fiber internet through several companies.

The ITA also said government owned networks pose a risk to taxpayer resources. The association used an example out of Provo, Utah, where the ITA says a government owned network failed due to lack of demand and city taxpayers in Provo still owe $40 million.

WAND has reached out to city officials, and will have responses soon.

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