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Do Consumers Want Taxpayer-Financed Gigabit Service?

May 24, 2017

That’s a good question, and it’s one the Coalition for the New Economy often has asked. It’s certainly one that officials in many U.S. counties and towns have answered affirmatively. But just because local lawmakers build these networks, doesn’t mean consumers will come. To illustrate, let’s go “Down Under.” Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) offers …

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More Senior Citizens Using Internet, Smartphones

May 23, 2017

The Pew Research Center last week released the results of its latest survey examining internet use among American adults. The study indicates the digital divide between senior citizens and younger people is certainly narrowing. Specifically, Pew announced that, “for the first time, half of older Americans now have broadband at home.” The Pew study also …

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Broadband Consultants Go For One-Two Punch

May 19, 2017

According Taxpayers Protection Alliance Foundation investigative reporter Johnny Kampis, taxpayers in Rock Falls, Ill., Mont Belvieu, Tex., and Newport, Tenn. have been sucker punched by a consultancy called Magellan Advisors. And not once, but twice. Kampis explains that, first, these cities paid Magellan, which is based in Denver, Colo., to conduct studies to determine whether …

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Rochester, Minn. Muni Advocates Rely On Anecdotes, Assumptions

May 17, 2017

As this blog reported last month, for two years the Rochester, Minn. City Council has delayed making a decision about a municipal broadband network. According to a report this month in the Rochester Post Bulletin, the city still is still considering the issue. The question is whether there really is a market for a city-run …

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