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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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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 – …

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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 …

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Government-Owned Broadband Review of the Week: Wilson, N.C.

September 17, 2014

Today the Coalition for the New Economy (CNE) concludes its look at a New York Law School study of government-owned broadband networks (GONs). The final network we’ll look at is Wilson, N.C.’s Greenlight network. Readers will recall, Wilson, N.C. has been in the news lately because it has petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to let …

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Government-Owned Broadband Review of the Week: Provo, Utah

September 5, 2014

Today the Coalition for the New Economy (CNE) continues its look at a recent study of government-owned broadband networks (GONs) from New York Law School‘s Charles Davidson and Michael Santorelli by examining their case study on Provo, Utah. As Coalition for the New Economy readers will recall, Provo sold its network to Google for $1. …

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Oconee County, SC “Middle Mile” Broadband Build – Pull the Plug?

August 26, 2014

In August 2010, Oconee County, S.C. won a $9.6 million federal grant to build a 250-mile “middle mile” broadband network. Local officials said the network would provide service to 2,400 businesses and nearly 67,000 residents and, according to an October 2010 Daily Journal-Messenger report, would “generate millions of dollars annually for Oconee County.” The county …

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Government-Owned Broadband Review of the Week: Lafayette, La.

August 22, 2014

Today the Coalition for the New Economy (CNE) continues its look at a recent study of government-owned broadband networks (GONs) from New York Law School by examining the report’s case study on Lafayette, La., another GON CNE has highlighted many times before. The studies authors, Charles Davidson and Michael Santorelli, start by noting GON supporters …

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Stop The Hindering Of Private Broadband Investment, Kentucky

August 13, 2014

According to the National Broadband Map, 92.8 percent of Kentuckians have access to broadband speeds of 10 mbps or more. A higher percentage – 96.8 percent – have access to service that provides download speeds of three mbps per second. These figures are good, though low relative to other states. How could state lawmakers help …

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Why FCC Has No Authority to Preempt State Broadband Laws

August 7, 2014

As the Coalition for the New Economy has reported several times, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently considering whether to issue a new policy that would preempt state laws concerning government-owned broadband networks (GONs). Does the FCC have this authority? Center for Advanced Legal and Economic Public Policy Studies President Lawrence J. Spiwak says …

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Government-Owned Broadband Review of the Week: Danville, Va.

July 31, 2014

Today the Coalition for the New Economy (CNE) continues its look at a recent study of government-owned broadband networks (GONs) from New York Law School by examining the report’s case study on Danville, Va. This blog is the first time CNE has discussed the Danville network, called nDanville. We’re impressed with what the report’s authors, …

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