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Don’t Be Fooled By Tennessee Broadband Study

July 20, 2016

This week, the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development released a report on taxpayer-funded, government-owned broadband networks. The report looked favorably upon government networks, going as far as to call Kentucky’s statewide broadband system, which is nowhere near operational, a success. As the Coalition for the New Economy has explained here, here, and here, …

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Government Broadband Costs Consumers 5 Times As Much As Private

July 19, 2016

How much do government-owned broadband networks (GONs) cost taxpayers? As the American Action Forum’s “Daily Dish” reminded us today: a lot. And a lot in comparison to what private networks cost to build. Today’s “Dish” notes, “Google was able build its fiber broadband network at a cost of $564 per household in Kansas City, compared …

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Private Sector Is Advancing Broadband – 7/18/2016

July 18, 2016

As the Coalition for the New Economy has reported, broadband speeds in the United States continue to quicken. After investing more than $1.4 trillion into broadband infrastructure over the last 20 years (including $78 billion in 2014 alone), the private sector is the primary driver behind this advancement. Private sector providers continue to invest billions …

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Will Bristol Be Able To Sell Its GON?

July 15, 2016

As the Coalition for the New Economy reported here, Bristol, Va. decided months ago to sell its government-owned broadband network, OptiNet, to Sunset Digital Communications. According to Johnny Kampis from VirginiaWatchdog.org, the sale cleared another hurdle recently when the Virginia attorney general’s office said the city could sell OptiNet “without going through the Virginia Procurement …

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