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U.S. Needs Trillions Just To Repair Roads And Bridges

March 15, 2017

Last week, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released its report card on American infrastructure. The Society releases this study every four years. It looks at 16 categories of infrastructure, including roads, bridges, ports, public parks, and wastewater systems. Notably, communications infrastructure is not part of the report card. Overall, America’s infrastructure received a …

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Global Infrastructure Needs Growing

July 8, 2016

Last week, this blog discussed how basic infrastructure needs are overwhelming state officials—and the state budget—in Louisiana. We noted the Bayou state is not alone and that, in the United States, it’s estimated local, state, and federal governments will need to come up with an additional $1.4 trillion by 2025 to address its infrastructure needs. …

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Advancing Broadband: Google Fiber, Telecom Jobs, Gigabit Expanding

December 3, 2014

According to the White House, “Responding to the increasing consumer demand for services accessed through broadband, the private sector has been driving important advances in infrastructure and technology.” Indeed, between 2009 and 2013, private sector companies invested $200 billion in wired and wireless broadband networks. The White House report also noted, “Just two of the …

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City Auditors Issue Another Warning To LUS Fiber

June 4, 2014

RStreet.Com reported last week that, “LUS Fiber, the municipal broadband system in Lafayette, La., last month received another warning from city auditors …” In their latest annual report, auditors noted LUS Fiber in its initial feasibility study was projected to earn $36.7 million in its sixth year of operation (2013). Its actual revenues, however, totaled …

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NC on the Right Track to Improve Its Broadband Infrastructure

October 16, 2013

According WRAL TechWire in North Carolina, the state has launched a survey and scorecard project that will determine Tarheels’ broadband needs and wants. WRAL reports the project will take place throughout October; its goal is to improve the competitiveness of North Carolina’s businesses and workforce by promoting the use of information technology. Survey respondents are …

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Unworthy Awards Given to Government-Owned Broadband Networks

September 12, 2013

The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) Board of Directors last week announced the recipients of its annual Community Broadband Awards. (NATOA has also sponsored several events in the last week touting the benefits of government-owned broadband networks, or GONs.) Among the honorees were: Longmont, Colo. NATOA said the city had developed “a …

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Ft. Collins, CO Headed in the Right Direction to Improve their Broadband

September 11, 2013

According to the Northern Colorado Business Report, officials in Fort Collins will hold a public meeting on Oct. 2 to discuss how the city can help spur more broadband investment and services in the area. The magazine says, “The city is looking at how changes in the cable TV and broadband marketplace will provide new …

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Advancing Broadband: Private Networks announcing service expansions every day

April 15, 2013

According to a March 2013 report by Charles Davidson and Michael Santorelli at New York University Law School, private broadband providers invested more than $1 trillion in broadband between 1996 and 2010 and $66 billion in 2011. Despite the proliferation in government-owned broadband networks, the private sector is still the primary driving force behind the …

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Report finds that faulty cost-benefit analysis too often contribute to significant government investments

March 4, 2013

Some food for thought for local lawmakers currently considering those cost-benefit analyses for government-owned broadband networks … A January report from McKinsey & Company took a broad look at the world’s current infrastructure spending and its needs over the next several decades. A key finding was that too often government makes significant investments in infrastructure …

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South Carolina Coalition for the New Economy

February 25, 2011

The South Carolina Coalition for the New Economy was started with the goal of ensuring that all South Carolinians have access to the best that technology has to offer. Policies governing the buildout of network infrastructure should be fair and fiscally responsible. As such, a number of pro-business groups have joined together to launch South …

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