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Google Fiber No Longer Seeking Permits In Atlanta Suburb

September 21, 2017

Another week … Another bad news day for Google Fiber. According to Reporter Newspapers, the company’s rollout in the Atlanta, Ga. metro area has “significantly stalled.” In fact, a Google Fiber spokesperson confirmed that service is available in only 100 residential buildings. As the Atlanta Business Chronicle notes, Google Fiber originally had hoped to serve …

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Report: Savannah, Chatham County Do Not Need Municipal Fiber

September 20, 2017

As this blog reported in January, Chatham County and Savannah, Ga. have toyed with the idea of municipal broadband, even signing up Magellan Advisors to conduct a study about the issue.  After officials on the Savannah City Council and the Chatham County Commission discussed the results of Magellan’s study in May, the issue has died …

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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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States To Consider Ways To Spur Private Broadband Investment

January 5, 2017

According to Watchdog.Org, in order to stimulate new private investment in broadband infrastructure, several state legislatures this year could consider plans to eliminate the sales tax on the equipment necessary to build and operate Internet networks. As Watchdog editor and reporter Johnny Kampis notes, 23 states already have taken this step. The Peach State is …

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Savannah Morning News Skeptical About Government Broadband

January 3, 2017

Just before Christmas, Savannah, Ga. announced a plan to participate in a study that would evaluate potential city technology upgrades. City Manager Rob Hernandez reportedly gave few details about the study, including how much it would cost taxpayers. (Hernandez said the cost would be “slight.”) The Savannah Morning News is worried about the level of …

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Should Georgia Eliminate The Telecom Equipment Tax? Yes!

November 17, 2016

A committee of policymakers in Georgia currently is deciding how to best spur broadband investment in rural areas of the state. According to Watchdog.Org, it seems the committee has honed in on a plan that will focus on spurring private sector investment rather than promoting municipal broadband systems. For example, earlier this week Watchdog.Org reported, …

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Is Morgan Co. Ditching Costly Middle Mile Idea For Even Costlier Last Mile Project?

October 13, 2016

While a state legislative committee in Georgia is asking residents to complete a survey about rural broadband access, according to the Morgan County Citizen, the idea of a government-owned middle mile network in that county is “fading” because officials have “yet to discover a feasible way to obtain it.” Officials’ are concerned about how much …

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Why Does Savannah Need Government Broadband?

July 7, 2016

Supporters of government-owned broadband networks argue that cities should invest in municipal broadband to provide universal service, and to improve broadband speeds. They say the private sector won’t, so government leaders need to step in so the city can attract new employers in cutting edge industries. The economic growth argument is compelling, but since most …

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Georgia Public Policy Foundation: Savannah Shouldn’t Build A GON

June 22, 2016

Earlier this month, the Savannah Morning News published a column by Georgia Public Policy Foundation President Kelly McCutchen regarding the city’s efforts to expand broadband service for residents. McCutchen notes that Savannah is just in the exploratory stages of its efforts, having sent a request for proposal (RFP) looking for a company “to develop a …

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Peachtree City, Ga. Says No To Government-Owned Broadband

February 12, 2016

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday that the Peachtree City, Ga. City Council voted unanimously last week to use a private vendor, NuLink, for the city’s Internet service instead of building a government network. The decision is a good one for taxpayers. According to the Journal-Constitution, the annual operating costs for a city-owned network would total …

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