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Colorado Senate Ensures Residents Have A Say On Government Broadband

February 21, 2017

Good news for taxpayers in Colorado. According to an Associated Press report in the Durango Herald, state senators have defeated an effort that would roll back limits placed more than a decade ago on government-owned broadband networks. At issue was a 2005 law that requires municipal leaders to get the approval of local voters before …

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CEO Of Australia’s Government Network Asks Whether There Is A Market For Gigabit

February 17, 2017

Are one gigabit broadband speeds necessary? In the United States we’ve clearly seen an uptick in demand—and of private Internet Service Providers (ISPs) fulfilling that demand—but Bill Morrow, the CEO of Australia’s National Broadband Network (or NBN, a government owned system) says most consumers still don’t need, or want, these speeds. At any price. ZDNet …

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More Troubles For Google Fiber

February 15, 2017

On Monday, this blog discussed the many ways that taxpayers have subsidized Google Fiber. Today, there is growing evidence that the company continues to struggle in the cities where it has promised affordable gigabit Internet service for all. Kendric Ward from Watchdog.Org reported yesterday that Google Fiber’s construction subcontractors are responsible for nearly $250,000 “in …

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TPA: Time For Taxpayers To Get Off The Sinking Google Fiber Ship

February 13, 2017

Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) President David Williams argues in a just-published op-ed that it’s time for local lawmakers to cut off Google Fiber’s line of corporate welfare. In the piece, Williams says that “while internet service providers (ISPs) have invested more than $1.5 trillion in private funds in building broadband infrastructure over the last two …

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Another Government-Owned Broadband Sale

February 10, 2017

A Wisconsin government owned broadband network has been sold to a telecommunications company in an effort to let taxpayers “avoid future risk.” According to the Taxpayers Protection Alliance Foundation, under government ownership, the Sun Prairie system only attracted 200 customers and racked up more than $9.3 million in debt (or, more than $46,500 per customer). …

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TPAF Maps More Than 200 Government Broadband Failures

February 9, 2017

The Taxpayers Protection Alliance Foundation (TPAF) has just released an “online interactive map displaying information such as cost to taxpayers, debt, revenues, number of customers, and other facts related to more than 200 municipal broadband internet projects across America.” The map can be found here. According to TPAF President David Williams, the map proves that …

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Citizens Against Government Waste Supports Virginia Bill

February 6, 2017

As the Coalition for the New Economy reported last month, the Virginia General Assembly will consider a bill, House Bill (HB) 2108, this session that would put reasonable limits on government-owned broadband networks. The General Assembly’s Committee on Commerce and Labor approved a version of the legislation last week. (The bill was amended to require …

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How Is Google Fiber Doing In Kansas City

February 3, 2017

As Google Fiber scales back nationally, shedding staff and pulling back on promised investments in several cities, it’s worth taking a look at how the company is doing in the first city where it launched its gigabit service offering: Kansas City. Specifically, is it clear that Google Fiber contributed to job growth in the city, …

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Tennessee Governor Offers Rural Broadband Plan

February 1, 2017

As Watchdog.Org’s Johnny Kampis explained yesterday, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has introduced draft legislation that “would emphasize grants and incentives” for private Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and electric cooperatives to build broadband networks “over allowing taxpayer-supported municipal networks to expand.” Specifically, the bill would make $45 million in tax credits and grants available to telecommunications …

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Virginia House Committee To Vote On Municipal Broadband Bill This Week

January 30, 2017

Last week, this blog reported that Virginia Delegate Kathy Byron, who also is chair of Virginia’s Broadband Advisory Council (VBAC), recently had introduced House Bill (HB) 2108, the Virginia Broadband Deployment Act. This bill would require that municipalities meet certain guidelines when building taxpayer-financed internet networks. According to The Roanoke Times, Delegate Byron has revised …

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