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Massachusetts Taxpayers To Spend $45 Million More On State Broadband Network

November 16, 2017

According to the Berkshire Eagle, Massachusetts state legislators are getting ready to spend another $45 million to bring high-speed broadband to rural areas of the state. As readers of this blog know, the Bay State is home to a $90 million statewide, government-owned broadband network that is operated by the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI). Peter …

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Does Lenoir City, Tenn. Need A Broadband Study?

November 16, 2017

According to WBIR 10 News, the Lenoir City Utilities Board in Tennessee has contracted with Magellan Advisors, to study the need and demand for a municipal broadband network. Coalition for the New Economy blog readers will remember that Magellan, which is based in Denver, Colo., was the focus of a May 2017 investigative report by …

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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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EAGLE-Net: A Reminder Of Statewide Government Broadband Gone Wrong

November 7, 2017

According to the Grand Junction, Colo. Daily Sentinel, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) “has sent yet another letter to federal officials asking for a full accounting of” EAGLE-Net, the “intergovernmental high-speed internet network that was supposed to connect the state’s rural schools with full broadband connectivity,” but never did.  The federal government awarded a $100 …

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Little Shop Of Horrors: $1.9 Billion Proposal For San Francisco Municipal Network

October 31, 2017

Taxpayers in San Francisco should be spooked. According to a consultants’ report released earlier this month, it potentially would cost the city $1.9 billion to build a municipal broadband network that would connect every home and business to the internet. Columbia Telecommunications Corporation, a firm in Maryland that is the driving force behind many municipal …

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Municipal Broadband: “A Long And Hazardous Journey”

October 31, 2017

The news site Law360 recently examined state and local efforts to spur rural broadband development, including the proliferation of taxpayer-financed municipal broadband networks. Reporter Kelcee Griffis found that, in general, city broadband projects are struggling. She cited Greenfield, Mass.’s government network, which became subject to “a corruption probe just months after it began offering internet …

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More Opposition To KentuckyWired

October 26, 2017

Recently, several news outlets in Kentucky, including SurfKY.com, ran a column by Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions CEO Jim Waters. Waters compares KentuckyWired, the commonwealth’s statewide broadband network, to the “Big Dig,” a Massachusetts roads project that took decades to build and eventually became the most expensive highway project in U.S. history. Like the …

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State Journal: Time For A Timeout On KentuckyWired

October 10, 2017

Last week, this blog wrote about growing state legislator discontent with KentuckyWired, the Bluegrass State’s government-owned broadband network. Now it seems members of the media in Kentucky are also growing impatient with the network and its overseers.  In an editorial, The State Journal, Frankfort, Ky.’s largest newspaper, said, “At minimum, the state needs to call …

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Government Report: Australia’s National Network Not Curing The Digital Divide

October 4, 2017

Last week, a parliamentary committee released a 210-page study on Australia’s government-owned National Broadband Network (NBN). The report wasn’t good. In fact, Fast Company called it “scathing.” It certainly showed government networks aren’t a cure for the digital divide.  According to a news story in The Australian, “Some of the poorest parts of Australia including …

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