$7M Tucson internet network connects just 1,000 homes | Government & Politics

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Tucson spent nearly $7 million during the pandemic to create its own internet network that was used by fewer than 1,000 households, something officials called an “embarrassment” that might continue to be a drain on taxpayer dollars.

The Community Wireless Program used federal relief funds to create a broadband system similar to those operated by Cox or Comcast. The goal was to provide free internet for low-income residents so they could attend school and work when COVID-19 shutdowns began in 2020.

But only 995 households — which accounted for less than a fifth of the internet routers purchased by the

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