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Google “Google Fiber” And What You See Is Failure

March 23, 2017

According to the Digital Policy Institute’s Barry Umansky, if you Google “failed gigabit Internet service,” the first hit you’ll get is a story about … Google Fiber. As this blog has written before, despite receiving millions in taxpayer-financed favors from cities around the country, Google Fiber is struggling and, in a column this week in …

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Former New Hampshire Senate Leader: Keep Limits On Muni Broadband In Place

March 20, 2017

The New Hampshire Senate currently may soon consider bill that would “encourage” municipalities to create government-owned Internet Service Providers (ISPs). (Current New Hampshire law limits government-run ISPs to areas that are currently unserved by any provider.) In a column in the Manchester Union Leader, former New Hampshire President Tom Eaton says this legislation, Senate Bill …

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Is Australia’s Government Network “Broken Beyond Repair”?

March 16, 2017

The Coalition for the New Economy has argued repeatedly that one of the reasons government-owned Internet Service Providers (ISPs) run into trouble is that municipal officials rarely have the expertise to build and manage a complex communications network that require regular (and costly) upgrades. We’re seeing this problem play out in Australia. Internet Australia Executive …

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U.S. Needs Trillions Just To Repair Roads And Bridges

March 15, 2017

Last week, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released its report card on American infrastructure. The Society releases this study every four years. It looks at 16 categories of infrastructure, including roads, bridges, ports, public parks, and wastewater systems. Notably, communications infrastructure is not part of the report card. Overall, America’s infrastructure received a …

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Sun Prairie System Runs Significant Deficits, Only Serves 5 Percent Of Residents

March 14, 2017

As the Coalition for the New Economy reported last month, the city of Sun Prairie, Wis. wants to sell its government-owned broadband network. The network only has 200 subscribers, about five percent of city residents, and the city is carrying millions of dollars in debt for it. Armed with records obtained through a Freedom of …

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Taxpayer Groups Urges Tennessee, Mississippi To Reject Government Broadband

March 9, 2017

Taxpayers Protection Alliance Foundation (TPAF) President David Williams published two columns this week outlining municipal broadband failures around the country and urging lawmakers in Tennessee and Mississippi to reject government internet networks. The columns are based off of a map that TPAF recently released that examines more than 200 government-owned networks around the country. The …

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CDE Lightband Continually Disappoints Customers

March 8, 2017

According to Tennessee Watchdog, taxpayers in Clarksville, Tenn. have spent $75 million on a government-owned broadband network, CDE Lightband, that routinely leaves them in the dark. The network suffered an outage earlier this week, but it wasn’t the first. Tennessee Watchdog notes “the municipal broadband service has had several outages over the past three years.” …

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Grand Junction Votes Against Municipal Broadband

March 6, 2017

Last week this blog reported that city leaders in Grand Junction, Colo. were getting cold feet about diving into the broadband marketplace with a government-owned Internet Service Provider (ISP). According to KJCT8, city councilors went with their gut instincts (and history, which reveals the risks associated with municipal networks), voting last Wednesday not to move …

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Grand Junction Getting Cold Feet

March 2, 2017

Grand Junction, Colo.’s city council will decide this week whether to move forward on a plan to build “a $70 million high-speed, fiber broadband network with Sifi/Nokia.” According to the Grand Junction Sentinel, council members are getting cold feet about the deal. The council members who are leaning against the plan are worried that Grand …

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How Seattle Is Addressing Its Digital Divide

March 1, 2017

As this blog has reported, Seattle, Wash. rejected the idea of building a city-wide, taxpayer financed Internet Service Provider (ISP) multiple times. In a recent StateScoop column, the city’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Michael Mattmiller discussed why the city opted against offering service directly to consumers and explains how Seattle’s alternative approach, which focused on …

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