SEMO Times Writes Article On Open Access Debate
semotimes.com posted an article about the open access debate on Friday (Dec 2). Below are some excerpts, but you can read the entire article on their web site. Please consider posting their article to your facebook or twitter feed.
“There has never been an issue where 600 people in any ward reached out against their council members,” Becker said. “The people of Poplar Bluff have loudly spoken out to our local government about how dissatisfied they were about ending the open access that they paid for.”
If a long-term agreement with a private ISP is established, Bagby continued in his release, the city would be in jeopardy of losing the tax-exempt status of the bonds, which would cost more than $1 million in interest increases over the remaining nine-year lifespan. “The city has maintained tax-free bonds for 10 years with an open access policy,” Becker pointed out. “Either the city owes the federal government back taxes over the last 10 years, or open access and tax-free bonds can exist together.”
“Poplar Bluff has, in my opinion, one of the best built networks in the country,” Becker said. “If [open access] gets placed on the ballot and passes, we could become the Silicon Valley of Missouri, pioneering a technology-centric community.”