TPA Sends Letter to Tennessee State Legislature Regarding New or Expanded Government Broadband Initiatives

Michi Iljazi

March 4, 2014

Chattanooga, TN (courtesy, Wikimedia)

If there is one thing that government really enjoys and that is moving in on the private sector. There are always major problems, regardless of the project or the motives behind any such move by the public sector when it comes to encroaching on the private sector. One example is the continued attempts at government broadband expansion and TPA has written before about such initiatives in Louisiana and Tennessee; and how taxpayers aren’t getting the bang for their buck when it comes to these programs. Now, there is talk in Tennessee that some form (or forms) of legislation may be forthcoming and TPA President David Williams decided to send a letter all members of the State legislature regarding any creation or expansion of government broadband projects.

Read the full letter below

March 3, 2014

Dear State Senators & State Representatives:

On behalf of the members of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA), and all Tennesseans who want lower taxes and smaller government, I am writing to encourage you to oppose all legislation related to the creation or expansion of government owned broadband networks.  Taxpayers have made it clear that they have no interest in bigger government and no patience for wasteful spending and borrowing by elected officials as demonstrated by these types of projects.

Government has no business directly competing with private broadband businesses, many of which are small businesses that already deliver broadband services in the areas these taxpayer-funded boondoggles wish to operate.  Using taxpayer money to compete with private business chills investment, harms competition and hurts economic development.

At a time when local governments are feeling the pressure from fiscal constraints and having to make cuts to priorities like schools and infrastructure, the idea that any state representative would risk taxpayer money on unnecessary projects is absurd and should draw the ire of taxpayers.  Broadband is important to Tennessee, but government networks are not the answer.

Again, I urge your strong opposition to any legislation related to creating or expanding government owned broadband networks.


David Williams


Taxpayers Protection Alliance