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Citizens Against Government Waste: KentuckyWired Will Be Obsolete When It’s Built

November 9, 2017

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) is the latest taxpayer advocacy group to question whether Kentucky should finish its statewide, government-owned broadband system, KentuckyWired. (Kentucky’s Bluegrass Institute and the Taxpayers Protection Alliance also have been outspoken in their advocacy against the network.) In a recent column in the Lexington Herald Leader, CAGW’s State Policy Manager Spencer …

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Australia Dead Last In Terms Of Broadband Satisfaction

November 8, 2017

This blog has reported several times on Australia’s nationwide, government-owned broadband network, NBN. The network hasn’t helped address the nation’s digital divide and might need additional taxpayer investment to stay afloat. We also noted last year that Australians aren’t that impressed with NBN. That continues to be true as 2017 comes to an end. According …

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Government Goal Is Monopoly, Not Universal Coverage

November 16, 2015

In August, the Coalition for the New Economy, reported that a government-owned broadband network advocate in Seattle admitted her goal wasn’t really to serve unserved populations, or to improve broadband competition, but was instead to create a government monopoly on service. This past Saturday, in a letter to the editor in The Cleveland Daily Banner, …

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Top 5 Costs of Government-Owned Broadband Networks

February 4, 2015

According to NetworkWorld, the mayors of several major U.S. cities want states to stop passing municipal broadband laws. The mayor of Syracuse, N.Y. is considering building a government-owned network in her city as are leaders in Rochester, N.Y. These local officials argue their cities need better access to broadband to allow their residents to compete …

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Do Government-Owned Networks Save Schools Money?

January 7, 2015

Can schools and other publicly-run institutions save precious dollars by subscribing to a government-owned broadband service provider versus a privately-owned one? Unsurprisingly, supporters of government-owned networks (GONs) almost always answer that question in the affirmative. However, a new report from CT&T of North Little Rock, a telecommunications consulting firm, suggests that answer is wrong. According …

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Salisbury, NC Bond Rating Downgraded Due to Municipal Broadband

December 10, 2014

According to the Charlotte Business Journal, Moody’s will downgrade Salisbury, N.C.’s bond rating because of the debt held by the city’s government-owned broadband network (GON), Fibrant. Salisbury’s debt rating will drop four places, from Aa2 to A3, because the “citywide fiber-optic system is straining Salisbury’s ability to pay off the debt to build the system,” …

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The Legal History of Municipal Broadband

December 4, 2014

As we approach the end of a year in which the debate over government-owned broadband heated up – due to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) desire to overturn state municipal broadband laws – we wanted to direct our readers to an excellent legal history of this discussion by FiscalNoteBlog. FiscalNoteBlog explains that, several years ago, …

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What Happens When Municipal Broadband Fails? You Pay.

November 19, 2014

Recently a New York Times article on Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler’s effort to overturn state municipal broadband laws highlighted what happens when government-owned broadband goes wrong. The story cited a study this year by New York Law School’s Charles M. Davidson and Michael J. Santorelli that found “several municipal systems have failed, …

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Expand Municipal Broadband in Kansas? It Will Cost You

October 30, 2014

Chanute, Kan. is contemplating whether to expand its municipal broadband network in order to allow the city to offer broadband service directly to homes for a base price of $40 a month. Part of the discussion, according to a mid-October report from The Chanute Tribune, was for city leaders to hear from a consultant with …

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Australia’s National Broadband Network Problem

October 20, 2014

In blog posts earlier this year, the Coalition for the New Economy discussed Australia’s experience with its government-owned broadband network (GON). A recent story at Tech Policy Daily had more on the system, called the National Broadband Network (NBN). This new piece discusses how GONs like NBN impede competition. One problem with national GONs like …

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