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Operator Of Bay State Taxpayer Broadband Network Files For Bankruptcy

March 24, 2017

The Coalition for the New Economy reported last month that Massachusetts’ taxpayer-financed broadband network was in bad shape. Now, according to a report Wednesday in the Boston Globe, “The company that runs the state-owned high-speed broadband network in Western Massachusetts filed for bankruptcy protection … claiming the operation has been losing money from its inception.” …

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Is Australia’s Government Network “Broken Beyond Repair”?

March 16, 2017

The Coalition for the New Economy has argued repeatedly that one of the reasons government-owned Internet Service Providers (ISPs) run into trouble is that municipal officials rarely have the expertise to build and manage a complex communications network that require regular (and costly) upgrades. We’re seeing this problem play out in Australia. Internet Australia Executive …

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Sun Prairie System Runs Significant Deficits, Only Serves 5 Percent Of Residents

March 14, 2017

As the Coalition for the New Economy reported last month, the city of Sun Prairie, Wis. wants to sell its government-owned broadband network. The network only has 200 subscribers, about five percent of city residents, and the city is carrying millions of dollars in debt for it. Armed with records obtained through a Freedom of …

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CEO Of Australia’s Government Network Asks Whether There Is A Market For Gigabit

February 17, 2017

Are one gigabit broadband speeds necessary? In the United States we’ve clearly seen an uptick in demand—and of private Internet Service Providers (ISPs) fulfilling that demand—but Bill Morrow, the CEO of Australia’s National Broadband Network (or NBN, a government owned system) says most consumers still don’t need, or want, these speeds. At any price. ZDNet …

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More Troubles For Google Fiber

February 15, 2017

On Monday, this blog discussed the many ways that taxpayers have subsidized Google Fiber. Today, there is growing evidence that the company continues to struggle in the cities where it has promised affordable gigabit Internet service for all. Kendric Ward from Watchdog.Org reported yesterday that Google Fiber’s construction subcontractors are responsible for nearly $250,000 “in …

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Another Government-Owned Broadband Sale

February 10, 2017

A Wisconsin government owned broadband network has been sold to a telecommunications company in an effort to let taxpayers “avoid future risk.” According to the Taxpayers Protection Alliance Foundation, under government ownership, the Sun Prairie system only attracted 200 customers and racked up more than $9.3 million in debt (or, more than $46,500 per customer). …

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TPAF Maps More Than 200 Government Broadband Failures

February 9, 2017

The Taxpayers Protection Alliance Foundation (TPAF) has just released an “online interactive map displaying information such as cost to taxpayers, debt, revenues, number of customers, and other facts related to more than 200 municipal broadband internet projects across America.” The map can be found here. According to TPAF President David Williams, the map proves that …

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Government-Owned Broadband Hurt Rural ISPs

December 7, 2016

According to Levoy Knowles, executive director of the Tennessee Telecommunications Association (TTA), rural Tennessee is well served by private Internet Service Providers (ISPs). For example, as Knowles notes, “More than 137,000 rural Tennessee homes have high-speed internet service available to them via a fiber optic network.” Many of these service providers also happen to be …

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Australians Dissatisfied With Government Broadband

November 16, 2016

Readers of this website know that Australia’s countrywide government-owned broadband network, called the National Broadband Network (NBN), has had its share of problems. These problems have translated to deep dissatisfaction among users. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, in a report outlining global infrastructure needs and priorities, the research firm Ipsos said that Australia ranks …

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San Antonio Taxpayers Pay For Google Fiber Mistakes—Will Nashvillians Be Next?

September 26, 2016

Earlier this month, the Coalition for the New Economy highlighted a column by Utah Taxpayers Association Vice President Billy Hesterman that argued taxpayers shouldn’t subsidize Google Fiber broadband networks. Just how widespread are Google Fiber’s favors? Well, in Nashville the company just won a vote that will allow it to move other Internet providers’ infrastructure …

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