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Operator Of Bay State Taxpayer Broadband Network Files For Bankruptcy

March 24, 2017

The Coalition for the New Economy reported last month that Massachusetts’ taxpayer-financed broadband network was in bad shape. Now, according to a report Wednesday in the Boston Globe, “The company that runs the state-owned high-speed broadband network in Western Massachusetts filed for bankruptcy protection … claiming the operation has been losing money from its inception.” …

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Google “Google Fiber” And What You See Is Failure

March 23, 2017

According to the Digital Policy Institute’s Barry Umansky, if you Google “failed gigabit Internet service,” the first hit you’ll get is a story about … Google Fiber. As this blog has written before, despite receiving millions in taxpayer-financed favors from cities around the country, Google Fiber is struggling and, in a column this week in …

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Former New Hampshire Senate Leader: Keep Limits On Muni Broadband In Place

March 20, 2017

The New Hampshire Senate currently may soon consider bill that would “encourage” municipalities to create government-owned Internet Service Providers (ISPs). (Current New Hampshire law limits government-run ISPs to areas that are currently unserved by any provider.) In a column in the Manchester Union Leader, former New Hampshire President Tom Eaton says this legislation, Senate Bill …

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Is Australia’s Government Network “Broken Beyond Repair”?

March 16, 2017

The Coalition for the New Economy has argued repeatedly that one of the reasons government-owned Internet Service Providers (ISPs) run into trouble is that municipal officials rarely have the expertise to build and manage a complex communications network that require regular (and costly) upgrades. We’re seeing this problem play out in Australia. Internet Australia Executive …

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