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Government-Owned Broadband Hurts Small Job Creators

June 1, 2016

Government broadband proponents like to say the fight over municipal broadband pits the “good” government officials, who just wants to increase competition, against big broadband providers who want market share for themselves. That’s a convenient argument, but it’s not an accurate one. Government broadband networks may keep large, private sector providers from investing in certain …

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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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Advancing Broadband: Private Sector Expanding Coverage and Creating Jobs

September 25, 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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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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Gov. Kasich Celebrates Spending $13 million on GON while cutting Billions for Schools and Public Safety

December 13, 2012

Ohio Governor John Kasich yesterday hit the switch on the state’s revamped government-owned network, OARnet. According to officials, the system can now support speeds between 10 and 100 gigabits. When Gov. Kasich announced the expansion of OARnet he said it would cost taxpayers $10 million, but the final price tag, according to The Columbus Dispatch, …

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Crumbling Tennessee Infrastructure could benefit from $555 million wasted on GON

October 25, 2012

A new report from Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations shows the state’s basic infrastructure is crumbling. Roads, bridges, sewer lines, schools – all are in dire need of repair. Specifically, the Commission identified $38 billion in infrastructure improvement needs: $19.1 billion for transportation; nearly $8 billion for schools; $7.3 billion for health and safety; …

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Broadband Access Contributes to Manufacturing Job Creation

September 24, 2012

A few weeks ago we explored how broadband had reformed our education and health care systems, and improved civic engagement. Today, we look at how broadband has revolutionized one of the America’s oldest sectors, manufacturing. The U.S. manufacturing sector has struggled over the last two decades and increased competition and cheaper labor from overseas drew …

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