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Telecom Industry Veteran: Broadband Should Not Fall Under Taxpayer-Funded Infrastructure Spending

August 29, 2016

Should politicians and lawmakers consider broadband as part of their plans to expand infrastructure spending? Dr. Michael Myers, an independent consultant and telecom industry veteran of 30 years, considered that question in a blog post that ran earlier this month at Watchdog.Org. Dr. Myers’ answer to that question is no. Dr. Myers writes, “Building a …

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Numbers Don’t Lie: No Evidence Chattanooga Taxpayer Broadband Helped Economy

August 24, 2016

The Tennessean recently published an enlightening column by Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies Chief Economist Dr. George S. Ford. Dr. Ford challenged claims, made by Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, that the city’s municipal broadband network, operated by the Electric Power Board (EPB) had helped the local economy. Dr. Ford concludes, …

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More Praise For Sixth Circuit Court Municipal Broadband Ruling

August 23, 2016

Experts at three separate think tanks last week praised the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent ruling against the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) February 2016 order that preempted municipal broadband laws in two states. (Click here for our post on that ruling.) Calling the decision “welcome relief from FCC’s penchant for fiat-based governance,” Harold Furchgott-Roth, …

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Google Fiber A Cautionary Tale For Municipal Governments

August 18, 2016

Several national news outlets reported this week that Google Fiber, in the words of The Wall Street Journal, “is rethinking its high-speed internet business after initial rollouts proved more expensive and time consuming than anticipated …” Six years after its launch, Google Fiber is available in just six cities. According to Palo Alto, Calif. Chief …

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