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CEO Of Australia’s Government Network Asks Whether There Is A Market For Gigabit

February 17, 2017

Are one gigabit broadband speeds necessary? In the United States we’ve clearly seen an uptick in demand—and of private Internet Service Providers (ISPs) fulfilling that demand—but Bill Morrow, the CEO of Australia’s National Broadband Network (or NBN, a government owned system) says most consumers still don’t need, or want, these speeds. At any price. ZDNet …

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More Troubles For Google Fiber

February 15, 2017

On Monday, this blog discussed the many ways that taxpayers have subsidized Google Fiber. Today, there is growing evidence that the company continues to struggle in the cities where it has promised affordable gigabit Internet service for all. Kendric Ward from Watchdog.Org reported yesterday that Google Fiber’s construction subcontractors are responsible for nearly $250,000 “in …

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TPA: Time For Taxpayers To Get Off The Sinking Google Fiber Ship

February 13, 2017

Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) President David Williams argues in a just-published op-ed that it’s time for local lawmakers to cut off Google Fiber’s line of corporate welfare. In the piece, Williams says that “while internet service providers (ISPs) have invested more than $1.5 trillion in private funds in building broadband infrastructure over the last two …

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Another Government-Owned Broadband Sale

February 10, 2017

A Wisconsin government owned broadband network has been sold to a telecommunications company in an effort to let taxpayers “avoid future risk.” According to the Taxpayers Protection Alliance Foundation, under government ownership, the Sun Prairie system only attracted 200 customers and racked up more than $9.3 million in debt (or, more than $46,500 per customer). …

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