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Do Mississippians Really Want A Fiber Ring?

December 2, 2016

Back in April, the Coalition for the New Economy reported that Mississippi is considering whether to use a portion of its settlement funds from the British Petroleum (BP) Deepwater Horizon oil spill to build a government-owned fiber network. At that time, concerned citizen Paul Machael had written a letter to the Sun Herald arguing the …

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Seattle Rejects Taxpayer-Financed Broadband—Again

November 30, 2016

As the Coalition for the New Economy previously has reported, Seattle’s mayor and city council for years have been considering whether to build a citywide, taxpayer funded broadband network. Over the past few years they’ve rejected the idea several times, but, due to the support of a vocal few, including a member of the city …

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Taxpayers Pay High Dollar Consultants So Politicians Can Hear What They Want

November 28, 2016

There are a handful of technology consulting firms around the country, including Magellan Advisors in Denver, Colo., and CTC Technology & Energy in Kensington, Md., that work with cities, counties, and states to assess residents’ broadband needs. According to Watchdog.org and Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) President David Williams, when municipalities engage these firms, taxpayers really …

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Should Georgia Eliminate The Telecom Equipment Tax? Yes!

November 17, 2016

A committee of policymakers in Georgia currently is deciding how to best spur broadband investment in rural areas of the state. According to Watchdog.Org, it seems the committee has honed in on a plan that will focus on spurring private sector investment rather than promoting municipal broadband systems. For example, earlier this week Watchdog.Org reported, …

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