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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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Is A Government-Owned Gigabit Network A Wise Investment?

August 17, 2016

The first questions that municipal policymakers should ask when deciding whether to spend taxpayer money on a project is: is this service necessary and, if so, must it be provided by the government? Taxpayer funding for public schools and better pay for public school teachers? Absolutely. Spending to fix decaying roads and bridges? Definitely. An …

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