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Faster Speeds In Rural America: What Will It Cost?

July 17, 2017

Earlier this month, Bloomberg Politics reporters Mark Niquette  and Alan Bjerga examined the cost of expanding broadband service to rural areas of the United States. The two found the price tag would be about $80 billion and that “policy experts disagree about how best to expand rural broadband – and what responsibility government has to …

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Private Sector Is Advancing Broadband

July 5, 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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Municipal Broadband: “A Big Job And One That Is Never Really ‘Finished’”

June 28, 2017

According to Katie McAuliffe, executive director of Digital Liberty, municipal governments are ill-suited to run broadband or fiber optic networks. Why? In a column in The Hill published last week, McAuliffe explains that broadband networks are “expensive and complex” because they “need to be rebuilt and updated almost continually to stay ahead of the breakneck …

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A Mobile Revolution

June 27, 2017

As the tech website Recode notes, June 29 marks the iPhone’s 10th birthday. Because of the birth of this technology, Recode says that today: We Can Capture More “Kodak” (iPhone?) Moments. This year, individuals will take 1.2 trillion (trillion!) digital photos, 85 percent of which will be taken phones. That compares to 400 billion digital …

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Louisville Radio Host: Better Uses For $5.4 Million Than Municipal Network

June 20, 2017

Last month, this blog reported that Louisville, Ky. Mayor Greg Fischer has proposed to spend $5.4 million in taxpayer funding on a government-owned fiber optic cable network. The network would span 96 miles. One 6.6-mile stretch would cost $2.7 million on its own. In that post, the Coalition for the New Economy noted that approximately …

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Bad Signs In Celina, Texas

June 16, 2017

The city of Celina, Texas has embarked upon a long journey to become a gigabit city. Make that a very long journey. According to Lightwave, it will take the city two decades to complete its publicly owned network gigabit broadband network, which will sell service directly to residents and local businesses. Right now, about eight …

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More Information On Sun Prairie Municipal Broadband Sale

June 15, 2017

Back in February, this blog reported that Sun Prairie, Wis. had announced a deal to sell its municipal broadband network to a private provider, TDS Telecommunications. The city-owned network cost more than $9.3 million in debt and attracted only 200 to 500 customers. The network did not serve the entire city. As a result, Sun …

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Rochester, MN Votes Down City Broadband Plan

June 12, 2017

In a few blog posts recently, the Coalition for the New Economy has discussed Rochester, Minn.’s debate about whether to pursue a government-owned broadband network. It appears that, last week, the City Council put the debate to rest—for this year, at least. The council voted against pursuing an official study to look into building a …

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ITIF Forum: Municipalities Need To Reduce Barriers To Entry

June 8, 2017

This week, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) held an event to discuss how municipalities and industry can collaborate to spur broadband deployment. According to Morning Consult, at the event ITIF Founder and President Rob Atkinson said one of the best ways that local government officials can help create more broadband opportunities for their …

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Atlanta Journal Constitution Columnist: Government Broadband A Bad Idea

June 6, 2017

In a recent blog post, Atlanta Journal Constitution columnist Kyle Wingfield argued that municipal broadband isn’t a good idea—even in areas of Georgia where Internet speeds are still slow. Rather, the private sector should continue to be the driving force behind broadband investment, he says. Wingfield argues that broadband infrastructure is nothing like roads, railroads, …

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