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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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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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EAGLE-Net: A Reminder Of Statewide Government Broadband Gone Wrong

November 7, 2017

According to the Grand Junction, Colo. Daily Sentinel, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) “has sent yet another letter to federal officials asking for a full accounting of” EAGLE-Net, the “intergovernmental high-speed internet network that was supposed to connect the state’s rural schools with full broadband connectivity,” but never did.  The federal government awarded a $100 …

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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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Little Shop Of Horrors: $1.9 Billion Proposal For San Francisco Municipal Network

October 31, 2017

Taxpayers in San Francisco should be spooked. According to a consultants’ report released earlier this month, it potentially would cost the city $1.9 billion to build a municipal broadband network that would connect every home and business to the internet. Columbia Telecommunications Corporation, a firm in Maryland that is the driving force behind many municipal …

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Municipal Broadband: “A Long And Hazardous Journey”

October 31, 2017

The news site Law360 recently examined state and local efforts to spur rural broadband development, including the proliferation of taxpayer-financed municipal broadband networks. Reporter Kelcee Griffis found that, in general, city broadband projects are struggling. She cited Greenfield, Mass.’s government network, which became subject to “a corruption probe just months after it began offering internet …

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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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