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Bridging The Digital Divide

November 2, 2017

As this blog reported last month, due to a more than $1.5 trillion investment over the last 20 years by the private sector, 285 million Americans now have access to broadband. Private Internet Service Providers (ISPs) aren’t just building infrastructure, however. For millions of low-income Americans, they’re also supplying the tools and education they’ll need …

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Raleigh Area Underwhelmed With Google Fiber

October 26, 2017

ABC 11 in Raleigh, N.C. recently sent reporter Jon Camp to examine whether taxpayer-subsidized Google Fiber had made any progress bringing high-speed broadband to the city and its surrounding areas. Google Fiber announced its entry into the Raleigh market in January 2015 with the help of the former governor and seven mayors. At the time, …

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USDA: Farmers Just As Likely To Have Internet As City Dwellers

October 18, 2017

Last week, this blog reported that Internet download speeds are getting faster around the country and that more households are online and have choices when it comes to where they get broadband. In other words: the digital divide is narrowing and competition is growing in all areas of the country.  That’s also the conclusion the …

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Broadband Speeding Up Across The United States

October 13, 2017

For the past several years, this blog has regularly tracked new private sector investments in broadband infrastructure. We’ve noted that, over the last two decades these companies have spent more than $1.5 trillion to bring more Americans online. That investment figure comes from US Telecom, the nation’s leading broadband association. That group recently released a …

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Private Sector Is Advancing Broadband

October 5, 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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Scholar: Go Private To Reduce Digital Divide

September 29, 2017

Brent Skorup, a research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, has released a new paper outlining recommendations for broadband deployment in the United States. Coalition for the New Economy readers will recall that Skorup’s colleagues at the Mercatus Center issued a study in 2014 that found municipal broadband networks generate “underwhelming economic …

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FCC Chair Ajit Pai: Private Providers Can Solve The Digital Divide … If Government Gets Out Of The Way

September 12, 2017

Two weeks ago, this blog detailed how private sector Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are helping to bridge the digital divide. In remarks in Texas last week, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chair Ajit Pai picked up on this theme, arguing that commercial investment is key to bringing more people online. According to Multichannel, Pai argued that …

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The Private Sector: Bridging The Digital Divide

August 30, 2017

Last week, we discussed new investments private sector Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are making to expand broadband service in rural areas of the country. These efforts aren’t the only ones ISPs have undertaken to bridge the digital divide. Several major companies provide low-cost service or free or discounted devices to customers in need. For example: …

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Private Sector Is Advancing Broadband

August 24, 2017

After investing more than $1.5 trillion into broadband infrastructure over the last 20 years, including $76 billion in 2015 alone, the private sector is the primary driver behind this advancement. That’s why more and more Americans are able to use innovative entertainment devices, among other technologies, in their homes. Private sector providers continue to invest …

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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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