join us button
 

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, …

Continue Reading ...

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 …

Continue Reading ...

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 …

Continue Reading ...

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,” …

Continue Reading ...

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, …

Continue Reading ...

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, …

Continue Reading ...

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 …

Continue Reading ...

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 …

Continue Reading ...

10 Questions to Ask Before Your City Launches Municipal Broadband

October 7, 2014

Are you a local public official considering whether your city or county should launch its own broadband system? Then Ball State University Professor of Telecommunications Barry Umansky has ten questions you and your colleagues should answer. They are: 1. How do residents feel about your plans? First thing is to know what constituents want – …

Continue Reading ...

Chattanooga Electric Power Board Sweetheart Deal with Airport Hurts Local Small Business

September 24, 2014

The Coalition for the New Economy has consistently said government-owned broadband networks (GONs): Misspend taxpayer resources; Crowd out private companies that provide jobs to local residents; and Get special favors because they are owned and operated by government officials. Once again, Chattanooga’s GON proves our points. The Chattanooga Electric Power Board (EPB), which runs the …

Continue Reading ...