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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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Telecom Industry Veteran: Broadband Should Not Fall Under Taxpayer-Funded Infrastructure Spending

August 29, 2016

Should politicians and lawmakers consider broadband as part of their plans to expand infrastructure spending? Dr. Michael Myers, an independent consultant and telecom industry veteran of 30 years, considered that question in a blog post that ran earlier this month at Watchdog.Org. Dr. Myers’ answer to that question is no. Dr. Myers writes, “Building a …

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More Praise For Sixth Circuit Court Municipal Broadband Ruling

August 23, 2016

Experts at three separate think tanks last week praised the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent ruling against the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) February 2016 order that preempted municipal broadband laws in two states. (Click here for our post on that ruling.) Calling the decision “welcome relief from FCC’s penchant for fiat-based governance,” Harold Furchgott-Roth, …

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Google Fiber A Cautionary Tale For Municipal Governments

August 18, 2016

Several national news outlets reported this week that Google Fiber, in the words of The Wall Street Journal, “is rethinking its high-speed internet business after initial rollouts proved more expensive and time consuming than anticipated …” Six years after its launch, Google Fiber is available in just six cities. According to Palo Alto, Calif. Chief …

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