BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - A planned fiber-optic broadband network will connect Baldwin City to existing networks in Lawrence.
Douglas County commissioners Wednesday approved Baldwin City's plans to issue $5 million in industrial revenue bonds to finance construction of the network. Baldwin City will own the network but will lease it back to Dawn Fiber Design. The network will be exempt from property and sales tax.
The vote came after a competitor, Josh Montgomery of Wicked Broadband, questioned the use of public incentives to build infrastructure to benefit one company. He said the county should require the fiber-optic network to allow all providers access to the lines.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/19UGN7u ) Dawn Fiber CEO Kennis Mann said because he is taking the financial risk he should not have to share the network.