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A Partnership In Holly Springs

June 24, 2016

Can the government and private sector work together to provide broadband? In Holly Springs, N.C. they are. As Watchdog.Org reports, small Canadian broadband provider Ting approached the city about two years ago asking if it could work with the mayor and his team to bring a gigabit network to the town of 29,000. Flash forward …

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Georgia Public Policy Foundation: Savannah Shouldn’t Build A GON

June 22, 2016

Earlier this month, the Savannah Morning News published a column by Georgia Public Policy Foundation President Kelly McCutchen regarding the city’s efforts to expand broadband service for residents. McCutchen notes that Savannah is just in the exploratory stages of its efforts, having sent a request for proposal (RFP) looking for a company “to develop a …

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Consumers, Taxpayers Better Off With Bristol, VA GON Sale

June 20, 2016

VirginiaWatchdog.Org last week published an update on the status of the sale of Bristol, Va.’s government-owned broadband network, OptiNet. (We reported in February that Bristol was planning to sell its network after several scandals. VirginiaWatchdog summarized the scandals this way: “[T]wo former vice presidents of BVU received prison sentences for financial crimes. Robert Kelley Jr. …

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South Australia: Bad Roads And Bad Broadband

June 17, 2016

Coalition for the New Economy readers know we’ve criticized Australia’s government-owned broadband network, the National Broadband Network, repeatedly. A recent report in the Whyalla News in South Australia shows that Australians agree with our assessment. The newspaper polled local readers and found the Australian government “received a low rating for its rollout of the National …

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