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Former New Hampshire Senate Leader: Keep Limits On Muni Broadband In Place

March 20, 2017

The New Hampshire Senate currently may soon consider bill that would “encourage” municipalities to create government-owned Internet Service Providers (ISPs). (Current New Hampshire law limits government-run ISPs to areas that are currently unserved by any provider.) In a column in the Manchester Union Leader, former New Hampshire President Tom Eaton says this legislation, Senate Bill …

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How Seattle Is Addressing Its Digital Divide

March 1, 2017

As this blog has reported, Seattle, Wash. rejected the idea of building a city-wide, taxpayer financed Internet Service Provider (ISP) multiple times. In a recent StateScoop column, the city’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Michael Mattmiller discussed why the city opted against offering service directly to consumers and explains how Seattle’s alternative approach, which focused on …

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Massachusetts Middle Mile Network A $90 Million Failure

February 27, 2017

In 2008, Massachusetts officials handed over more than $40 million in state taxpayer dollars to provide broadband to underserved communities. The project, which came to be known as MB123, was a middle mile system that was supposed to connect 123 towns, 73 of which (59 percent) already had access to broadband service. How are things …

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What Does Rock Falls Stand To Lose If It Enters The Broadband Market?

February 23, 2017

Officials in Rock Falls, Ill. currently are considering whether to issue $13 million in bonds to design, build and operate a citywide fiber optic network. Town council leaders cast their first vote on the matter earlier this month and the proposal continues to move ahead full steam. Not everyone is pleased, however. According to SaukValley.com, …

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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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Broadband Speeds Continue To Improve Globally And In The United States

December 16, 2016

According to Akamai Technologies, Inc. broadband speeds continued to improve across the globe in the third quarter of 2016. Specifically the report found: The global average connection speed improved 2.3 percent in the third quarter, to 6.3 megabits per second (Mbps), and was up 21 percent from the third quarter of 2015; The global average …

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To Expand Rural Broadband, Reduce Barriers To Entry

October 21, 2016

Earlier this week, the Coalition for the New Economy highlighted the advice of Internet industry expert Larry Downes, who suggested one of the best ways to promote private sector broadband investment is to reduce regulatory barriers to entry. In testimony before the Joint High-Speed Broadband Communications Access for All Georgians Study Committee earlier this month, …

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City Taking Over Green Space For Government Broadband

May 9, 2016

There are many reasons to oppose government-owned broadband networks: the high cost to local, state, and federal taxpayers; the fact that these networks crowd out private broadband investment; the fact that they usual end up in debt; and the dubious economic impact of them. Residents of Lancaster, Penn. have added another reason: they don’t want …

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New Study Highlights Perils Of Government Broadband

April 8, 2016

Broadcasting & Cable reported this week that there is a new study out regarding municipal broadband networks. The report, which was issued by the State Government Leadership Foundation (SGLF) and is available here, concludes: Subsidization Exposes Taxpayers To Risk. Broadcasting & Cable explains, “Muni broadband buildouts are almost always subsidized, and that a government firm …

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The Internet Is Fast—And Getting Faster

March 23, 2016

Akamai this week released its latest “State of the Internet” report and, according to MediaPost.Com, “Year-over-year, global markets experienced strong growth in average connection speeds and overall broadband adoption.” A ZDNet headline proclaimed, “​The Internet is getting faster, a lot faster.” The report found average global connection speeds rose 23 percent from the fourth quarter …

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