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North Florida Broadband Authority

Links to the the NFBA Series:  The $30,000,000 Stimulus Funded Broadband Project

Links to the NFBA series:

North FL Broadband Authority: The Termination
Bad Feelings – No Kind Words – Broke

(Part XLV) Posted October 10, 2014 | Part II

$30,000,000 Stimulus Project On Death Row
(Part XLV) Posted October 7, 2014 | Part I  of II

Lake City Manager Wendell Johnson Recommends 'Abandon Ship'
(Part XLIV) Posted October 6, 2014

Final Act of Desperation, $30 mil Obama Stimulus Network going for $4 mil
(Part XLIII) Posted October 1, 2013

Tower Climber Sues - Not paying vendors - Nothing new for the NFBA
(Part XLII) Posted June 26, 2013

Stimulus funded 800 lb gorilla puts squeeze on financially strapped Bradford County Schools
(Part XLI) Posted May 16, 2013

Obama Broadband Grant Recipient, FRBA, Sued by Tampa Based Internet Company, Rapid Systems, Inc. for $25,000,000
(Related article) Posted April 23, 2013

Gilchrist County pulls the plug on the NFBA in another unanimous vote
(Part XL, part 3 of 3) Posted March 22, 2013

The workshop w/the Feds. Cheerleading without substance.
(Part XL, part 2 of 3) Posted March 21, 2013

NFBA calls Washington for reinforcements. First stop Fanning Springs. The run up.
(Part XL, part 3 of 1) Posted March 20, 2013

Gilchrist County becomes the eighth county to pull out. "I don't like the way the NFBA does its business," Com. D. Ray...
(Part XXXIX) Posted March 5, 2013

Federal hearing may answer what is the measure of success at the NFBA
(Part XXXVIII) (Posted February 26)

Baker County becomes the 7th north central Florida county to pull out of Obama stimulus funded NFBA
(Part XXXVII) (February 19, 2013)

Feds put failing stimulus funded NFBA on life support. 3yrs and $28+ mil later, 60 customers and no revenue model.
(Part XXXVI) (February 15, 2012)

Former Board Clerk sues NFBA for wrongful termination and violation of her constitutional rights
(Part XXXV) (January 30, 2013)

$30 mil later N. Central Florida Regional Planning Council - clueless
(Part XXXIV) (January 25, 2013)

After General Counsel's response, FL's Public Record Laws remain the latest casualty
(Part XXXIII (b)) (January 8, 2013)

• FL's Public Record Laws the latest casualty
(Part XXXIII) (January 6, 2013)

North Florida Broadband Authority: Foot dragging, lack of info cause Suwannee Cnty to call "strike 3" on the NFBA – They're out
(Part XXXII) (January 3, 2013)

Suwannee County tells the NFBA – One more strike and you're out
(PartXXXI) (December 20, 2012)

Wracked by gross mismanagement from the feds on down, the NFBA has become the poster child for non disclosure
(Part XXX) (December 18, 2012)

More bad news. Last Mile Wifi CEO, "I knew they were going to extort me."
(Part XXIX) December 10, 2012

NFBA failed to make the grade in Gilchrist County
(Part XXVIII) (November 29, 2012)

Columbia County Pulls Out of Obama Funded Stimulus Project
(Part XXVII) (November 2, 2012)

The NFBA road show traveled to an unprepared Columbia County with misinformation, half truths, and just plain lies
(Part XXVI) (Posted October 9, 2012)

Woebegotten Stimulus funded authority gets another black eye. No one bids to service the $30 mil 14 county network.
(Part XXV) (Posted October 1, 2012)

• Another County pulls out. Dixie says throwing away money a major issue.
(Part XXIV) (Posted September 13, 2012)

NFBA road shows moves to Lake City for a double dose of free money
(Part XXIII) (Posted September 5, 2012)

Secrecy and a lawyer's spread sheet. It's business as usual at the NFBA.
(Part XXII) (Posted August 22, 2012)

Mainstreet Broadband, NFBA's touted business partner, goes bust
(Part XXI) (Posted August 2, 2012)

• Two cities say "no mas." Refuse free tower space to NFBA
(Part XX)  (Posted July 26, 2012)

Taylor County Says Goodbye, "I don't think our county should be involved."
(Part XIX) (Posted April 18, 2012)

• Perry Pulls Out, City Manager tells Council, "It's just out of whack"
(Part XVIII) (Posted April 11, 2012)

Bradford County Says "No Mas" – Pulls Out
(Part XVII) (Posted April 4, 2012)

Operating in the shadows with the help of the Feds, the NFBA saga continues
(Part XVI) (posted March 29, 2012)

Lake City, City Manager Wendell Johnson looks to make White Elephant deal with troubled North Florida Broadband Authority
(Part XV) (Posted Feb 28, 2012)

Propped up by the Feds, financed by the American People - Who can you trust?
(Part XIV) (Posted Feb 25, 2012)

"Sunlight is the best disinfectant." Not for them
(Part XIII) (Posted Jan 13, 2011)

A Lawyer's Dream. A Look At The Numbers
(Part XIIb) (Posted Dec 29, 2011)

A Lawyer's Dream. Money Is No Object
(Part XIIa) (Posted Dec 28, 2011)

Feds come to town – Working under the cover of darkness was their MO
(Part XI) (Posted November 23, 2011)

Feds continue investigation - Interim GM rehires resigned firms employees
(part X) (Posted Nov 11, 2011)

"The greatest threat to this project is the Government"
(Part IX) (Posted November 2, 2011)

• Federal grant for broadband access in rural Louisiana rescinded: Could the North Florida Broadband Authority Be Far Behind?
(Posted October 28, 2011)

• Redefining "Good Business Sense?"
(Part VIII) (Posted October 25, 2011)

• Feds resume funding – Put small vendors first
(Part VII) (Posted October 20, 2011)

Small vendors in big trouble | NFEDP/FSU's Hendry may resign
(Part VIb)  (Posted Oct 14, 2011)

Blood in the street
(Part VIa)  (posted Oct 13, 2011)

"I don't want to die on principle and not have broadband."
(Part V)  (posted Oct. 6, 2011)

NFBA future in limbo - Fed keeps funds locked down - Suspend project 
(Part IV) (posted Sept 28, 2011)

The North Florida Broadband Authority. Its world was about to change
(part III)  (posted Sept 16, 2011)

"I think we have a failure to communicate." The N Florida Rural Broadband saga continues (Part II)  (posted Sept 14, 2011)

Feds close spigot on $30 million broadband stimulus grant. 15 north central Florida counties waiting for money to flow again
(Part I)  (posted Sept 12, 2011)

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