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It’s Groundhog Day In Seattle

October 19, 2017

TheStranger.Com reported earlier this month that the Seattle, Wash. city council will once again consider a measure that would allow local officials to explore the possibility of building a municipal broadband network.  According to the website, council member Rob Johnson “plans to introduce an amendment to the 2018 budget to hire a city staffer focused …

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USDA: Farmers Just As Likely To Have Internet As City Dwellers

October 18, 2017

Last week, this blog reported that Internet download speeds are getting faster around the country and that more households are online and have choices when it comes to where they get broadband. In other words: the digital divide is narrowing and competition is growing in all areas of the country.  That’s also the conclusion the …

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Heartland Institute Scholar: Time To Sell Burlington Telecom

October 17, 2017

The Coalition for the New Economy has discussed the failure of Burlington, Vt.’s municipal broadband network, Burlington Telecom (BT), several times over the past few years. In 2013, we noted the system “borrowed” (perhaps illegally) $17 million from city taxpayers. We’ve reported that, at one point, the system was carrying at least $50 million in …

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Broadband Speeding Up Across The United States

October 13, 2017

For the past several years, this blog has regularly tracked new private sector investments in broadband infrastructure. We’ve noted that, over the last two decades these companies have spent more than $1.5 trillion to bring more Americans online. That investment figure comes from US Telecom, the nation’s leading broadband association. That group recently released a …

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