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Advancing Broadband: NYC Public Library, Austin Low-Income Housing

December 15, 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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Gigabit Network Coming to Nashville – a GON-Free City

July 30, 2014

Just a few short days after local government officials in Chattanooga, Tenn. asked the Federal Communications Commission to overturn state laws that ensure fairness between private and government broadband providers, NashvilleBizBlog reports AT&T announced it will soon begin providing super-fast Internet service in Nashville. AT&T Director of Public Affairs for Tennessee Bob Corney told the …

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North Florida Broadband Authority Now Seeking Private Sector Bailout

September 30, 2013

A couple updates on two government-owned networks we’ve written about before. First, according to The Gainesville Sun, the 15-county North Florida Broadband Authority has added “few new paying customers” since March and is now seeking a bailout from a private company. The newspaper writes, NFBA leaders are “negotiating with a private company to operate and …

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Advancing Broadband: Private Providers Showing No Signs of Slowing Down

September 9, 2013

According to a March 2013 report by Charles Davidson and Michael Santorelli at New York University Law School, private broadband providers invested more than $1 trillion in broadband between 1996 and 2010 and $66 billion in 2011. Despite the proliferation in government-owned broadband networks, the private sector is still the primary driving force behind the …

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Unwanted 1-Gig Internet coming to Cedar Falls

June 11, 2013

Last month, the city of Cedar Falls, Iowa announced its utility company, Cedar Fall Utilities, would begin offering one-gigabit Internet service. (The city already owns a fiber network.) The general manager of the network bragged about how quickly the utility could connect customers to the network. What didn’t he brag about? The price. The service …

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Bartow, FL expanding network to compete with private sector providers

April 30, 2013

The city of Bartow, Fla. is reportedly leaning toward adopting a proposal to offer Internet service to average consumers. According to The Ledger, “Bartow is ready to move full speed into the fiber optic business. After hearing a consultant’s report on options for expanding the city’s existing fiber optic system to include Internet, television and …

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WV Governor’s Office Dodging Questions about Access to GON

April 18, 2013

The Coalition for the New Economy has previously reported on the strange secrecy surrounding broadband deliberations in West Virginia. The Charleston Gazette adds to the story this week. According to the newspaper, members of the state’s Broadband Deployment Council, which is the only government entity in the state that handles broadband issues specifically, wanted to …

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How much is too much bandwidth? For most it’s a lot less than 1 Gig

April 17, 2013

While we’re not certain the Internet can ever expand far enough – or go fast enough – for CNE’s tastes, in the last few weeks we’ve noticed increased discussion about the viability of one gigabit networks in the U.S. Perhaps it’s because of Google Fiber’s recent decision to build an ultra-high-speed network in Austin, or …

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Advancing Broadband: Private Networks announcing service expansions every day

April 15, 2013

According to a March 2013 report by Charles Davidson and Michael Santorelli at New York University Law School, private broadband providers invested more than $1 trillion in broadband between 1996 and 2010 and $66 billion in 2011. Despite the proliferation in government-owned broadband networks, the private sector is still the primary driving force behind the …

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Debunking Susan Crawford’s Support for Government-Owned Networks

January 10, 2013

In late December, Susan Crawford, a former adviser to President Barack Obama and current visiting professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Law School, argued in Bloomberg that government-owned broadband networks are “more reliable and cheaper than those of the private carriers.” Crawford also says, “Municipal networks are seeing more than half …

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