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GONs Quarterly Update Not Good For Taxpayers

May 27, 2016

In case you missed it, New York Law School’s Advanced Communications Law and Policy Institute has a growing resource library full of information on government-owned broadband networks. The institute publishes a quarterly update on municipal networks. Among the “highlights” in its April update, the institute noted: Peachtree City, Ga. considered issuing $3 million in bonds …

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Provo Municipal Network “Was A Drain On City Coffers”

May 25, 2016

As the Coalition for the New Economy has pointed out previously, Provo, Utah provides one of the most cautionary tales when it comes to government owned-broadband. To recap: this city spent more than $30 million on a city network that failed and was eventually sold to Google for $1. As Watchdog.org noted last week, city …

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Australia’s National Broadband Network A Failure

May 23, 2016

This blog has written before about Australia’s government-owned broadband network—the National Broadband Network. We’re not the only ones who see this network as a complete failure. In a column in The Australian this week, Institute of Public Affairs Media and Communications Manager Evan Mulholland, who was a former adviser to Communications Minister Mitch Fifield, agrees. …

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Phoenix Center President: GONs Violate U.S. Constitution’s Due Process Clause

May 20, 2016

Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal and Economic Public Policy Studies President Lawrence Spiwak published a column in Bloomberg BNA this week explaining how “how municipal broadband railroads due process.” Spiwak specifically addresses networks that exist in metropolitan areas that are already served by multiple private sector providers, noting these networks “typically require massive injections of …

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