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When It Comes To The Internet, It’s Not A Question Of Access

July 25, 2016

The Pew Research Center last week released more evidence that the United States’ private sector model for providing high-speed internet service and access is working and that, in most cases, it’s not access that matters when it comes to the decision to go online, it’s an individual’s personal feelings about the internet that do. Pew …

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Broadband Deemed Affordable In 111 Countries

May 27, 2015

The International Telecommunication Union released a report this week outlining where the world is today – in 2015 – in terms of Internet access. The report “features end-2015 estimates for key telecommunication/ICT indicators, including on mobile-cellular subscriptions, Internet use, fixed and mobile broadband services, home ICT access, and more.” The data shows how far we …

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Albuquerque Invests $1 Million To Provide Broadband Where Broadband Exists

May 1, 2015

Albuquerque Journal News: “Santa Fe is certainly not an unserved area. CenturyLink, Comcast, Cyber Mesa, NM Surf and a few other smaller companies service the area.” (Emphasis added.) Despite the fact city residents have several broadband options to choose from, the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico will invest $1 million in a joint public-private …

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Up to 98 Percent of Americans Access 4G thanks to Private Investment

April 2, 2015

A fact sheet released by the White House last week announced that 98 percent of Americans now have access to 4G wireless broadband. The White House said “significant private investment” helped the Obama Administration meet its 98 percent coverage goal “nearly two years ahead of schedule.” The Coalition for the New Economy has routinely argued …

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Private Sector IS Providing Robust Internet

February 11, 2015

Has the private sector failed when it comes providing Americans with affordable, fast Internet service? Municipal broadband network supporters would say so, but Lindsay M. Lewis, executive director at the left-leaning Progressive Policy Institute, says no. In The Wall Street Journal today, Mr. Lewis reports, “Internet speeds in the U.S. are among the fastest in …

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Government-Owned Broadband Review of the Week: Cedar Falls, Iowa

July 15, 2014

Today the Coalition for the New Economy continues its look at the recent study of government-owned broadband networks (GONs) from New York Law School by examining the report’s case study on Cedar Falls, Iowa. According to authors Charles Davidson and Michael Santorelli, the city’s GON was established in the mid-1990s and is one of the …

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Advancing Broadband: Private Sector Committed to Making a Broadband Difference

July 11, 2014

According to the White House, “Responding to the increasing consumer demand for services accessed through broadband, the private sector has been driving important advances in infrastructure and technology.” Indeed, between 2009 and 2013, private sector companies invested $200 billion in wired and wireless broadband networks.  The White House report also noted, “Just two of the …

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City of Sante Fe, NM Decides to Enter Broadband Marketplace

July 8, 2014

According to CivSource, Santa Fe, N.M. has decided to enter the broadband marketplace. The website reports, “The city is launching a million dollar effort to build out its own fiber optic infrastructure with the goal of increasing both broadband access and competition among broadband providers.” The city is already served by multiple broadband carriers, including …

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Government Broadband Fails, So Citizens Have to Pay

July 1, 2014

Americans for Prosperity’s Kuper Jones has a must-read piece on Forbes today about UTOPIA, Utah’s failed government-owned broadband network. Jones first gives an excellent overview of UTOPIA’s financial situation. He notes: The system is $500 million in debt; The system had a negative $146 million in assets by the end of the last fiscal year; …

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Crawford Claims Most Municipal Networks Use No Tax Dollars

June 30, 2014

The Coalition for the New Economy has deconstructed Susan Crawford’s arguments for government-owned broadband networks (GONs) before (we refer readers to our posts here and here), but last week Crawford added one more argument to her usual defense. In an opinion article on Bloomberg View, Crawford says “According to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, most …

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