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Kentucky Moving Ahead With Costly Statewide Broadband Network

September 22, 2016

Kentucky taxpayers received some disappointing news last week. According to The Associated Press, Gov. Matt Bevin “said he is ‘absolutely committed’ to completing a statewide broadband network despite questions about how the state will pay for its share of the $270 million project.” As the news story explains, the state is facing a $13 billion …

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State Senators: Alabama Better Off Without Municipal Broadband

September 21, 2016

As construction on Huntsville, Ala.’s municipal broadband network began last week, Alabama State Senators Clay Scofield and Rodger Smitherman continued their efforts to explain that the best way to enhance high-speed internet access is “to work with private sector internet service providers, not against them.” In their latest column on this issue, the senators used …

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Pai’s Digital Empowerment Agenda Encourages Regulatory Reform

September 19, 2016

Last week, Federal Communications Commissioner (FCC) Ajit Pai released a “Digital Empowerment Agenda” to encourage broadband deployment throughout the United States. Pai, as Coalition for the New Economy readers might recall, was one of the two FCC commissioners who voted in February 2015 against an FCC ruling to overturn municipal broadband laws in two states. …

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Georgia Public Policy Foundation Outlines Private Broadband Investment Plan

September 15, 2016

Kelly McCutchen, president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation (GPPF), posted a column last week on the GPPF website arguing Georgia needs a “forward-thinking telecommunication policy” to make it “a great place to live and economically competitive.” What would that plan look like. Here are McCutchen’s suggestions: Lift the state’s sales tax on telecommunications network …

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