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Burlington, Vt. City Council Approves Municipal Broadband Network Sale

December 1, 2017

The sale of Burlington, Vt.’s municipal broadband network is final. According to MyChamplainValley.com, on Tuesday the City Council accepted a $30.8 million offer from Schurz Communications, a family-owned cable company out of Indiana, and the private equity firm ZRF Partners to buy the network.  Coalition for the New Economy blog readers will remember that Burlington …

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Black Friday, Cyber Monday Show Reach Of Mobile Broadband

November 30, 2017

Americans celebrated Cyber Monday earlier this week and, by all accounts, this “holiday” is quickly becoming as popular, or more so, than Black Friday. As CNET reports, this year consumers spent nearly $6.59 billion online on Cyber Monday, 16.8 percent more than they spent on the same day in 2016. (Black Friday was pretty popular …

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Where Will Fort Collins Go From Here?

November 28, 2017

On Election Day 2017, a majority (57 percent) of Fort Collins, Colo. voters agreed to allow their city lawmakers to pursue the concept of a municipal broadband network. The vote, however, does not mean Fort Collins is getting a taxpayer-financed, government-owned network anytime soon.  According to the Coloradan, voters merely agreed to give the city …

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Madison Taxpayers Already Overtaxed, But City Might Build Muni Network Anyway

November 21, 2017

Matt Kittle, an investigative reporter with the MacIver Institute, a Wisconsin-based think tank, believes taxpayers in Madison are getting fleeced. He might be right. In a column published on Nov. 15, Kittle reported that the Madison Common Council has spent $841,00 in pursuit of a taxpayer-financed, government-owned broadband network—and might spend more even though a …

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Monroe County, PA: Driving Private Sector Investment In Broadband

November 20, 2017

According to the Pocono Record, gigabit broadband service is now available in Monroe County, Penn.—and no taxpayer money was used to bring the service to the rural community, which is located just 100 miles outside of New York City. Last year, East Stroudsburg University, the Monroe 2030 Action Team, the Pocono Mountain Economic Development Corporation, …

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Massachusetts Taxpayers To Spend $45 Million More On State Broadband Network

November 16, 2017

According to the Berkshire Eagle, Massachusetts state legislators are getting ready to spend another $45 million to bring high-speed broadband to rural areas of the state. As readers of this blog know, the Bay State is home to a $90 million statewide, government-owned broadband network that is operated by the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI). Peter …

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Does Lenoir City, Tenn. Need A Broadband Study?

November 16, 2017

According to WBIR 10 News, the Lenoir City Utilities Board in Tennessee has contracted with Magellan Advisors, to study the need and demand for a municipal broadband network. Coalition for the New Economy blog readers will remember that Magellan, which is based in Denver, Colo., was the focus of a May 2017 investigative report by …

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Private Sector Is Advancing Broadband

November 13, 2017

Today more than 285 million Americans use the Internet and 85 percent of families have broadband or a smartphone at home. After investing more than $1.5 trillion into broadband infrastructure over the last 20 years, including $76 billion in 2015 alone, it is clear that the private sector is the primary driver behind this advancement. …

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Citizens Against Government Waste: KentuckyWired Will Be Obsolete When It’s Built

November 9, 2017

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) is the latest taxpayer advocacy group to question whether Kentucky should finish its statewide, government-owned broadband system, KentuckyWired. (Kentucky’s Bluegrass Institute and the Taxpayers Protection Alliance also have been outspoken in their advocacy against the network.) In a recent column in the Lexington Herald Leader, CAGW’s State Policy Manager Spencer …

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Australia Dead Last In Terms Of Broadband Satisfaction

November 8, 2017

This blog has reported several times on Australia’s nationwide, government-owned broadband network, NBN. The network hasn’t helped address the nation’s digital divide and might need additional taxpayer investment to stay afloat. We also noted last year that Australians aren’t that impressed with NBN. That continues to be true as 2017 comes to an end. According …

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