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Gig System Didn’t Create Chattanooga, Chattanoogans Created It

August 17, 2017

If you believe its proponents, Chattanooga, Tenn.’s municipal broadband system has helped the city attract new businesses and add jobs, and even reduce electricity costs. In a recent column in the national magazine The Weekly Standard, David Allen Martin, a member of Chattanooga’s start-up community, says those assertions aren’t quite right. While acknowledging the system …

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Numbers Don’t Lie: No Evidence Chattanooga Taxpayer Broadband Helped Economy

August 24, 2016

The Tennessean recently published an enlightening column by Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies Chief Economist Dr. George S. Ford. Dr. Ford challenged claims, made by Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, that the city’s municipal broadband network, operated by the Electric Power Board (EPB) had helped the local economy. Dr. Ford concludes, …

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Economic Study Or EPB Propaganda?

October 22, 2015

A recent University of Chattanooga study claimed the government-owned broadband network operated by Chattanooga’s Electric Power Board (EPB) had added $1.3 billion in economic activity to the region and 5,200 jobs and therefore made up for its $111 million cost to federal taxpayers. Several government-owned broadband experts and taxpayer advocates told Watchdog.Org the economic claims …

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Phoenix Center: Outside Factors Sustaining Chattanooga Broadband

January 26, 2015 In: Tennessee

Last week the Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal and Economic Public Policy Studies released a report by Dr. George S. Ford on Chattanooga, Tenn.’s government-owned broadband system. As Coalition for the New Economy readers know, the Chattanooga network is very often used to encourage other U.S. cities to create their own municipal broadband networks. The …

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