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AEI Study Says US Has Most Successful Broadband Policies

December 12, 2014

Take a moment and imagine using the Internet in the same way you did, say, 10 or 15 years ago. You can almost hear that irritating dial up sound, can’t you? While a very (very!) small percentage of Americans still have to suffer through that sound to get online, for the vast majority of us …

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The FCC and White House Weigh In on Internet Regulation

November 25, 2014

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Thomas Wheeler recently briefed leaders on Capitol Hill about the commission’s new net neutrality rules. We’re not certain if lawmakers discussed municipal broadband in the meetings, but given other recent developments, they should have. Both Chairman Wheeler and President Barack Obama have recently said they want to see the Internet …

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Tennesse Legislature Puts Broadband Bills On Hold, For Now

March 20, 2014

A few weeks ago we wrote about a few pieces of legislation under consideration in the Tennessee statehouse that would allow more government-owned broadband networks (GONs) to compete against private ones in areas where broadband already exists. The Coalition for the New Economy recently learned at that all four bills under consideration (S.B. 2005/H.B. 1974, …

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The Internet Tax Freedom Act: Will Congress Make it Permanent?

September 16, 2013

Congress returned last week from their August summer break and will spend the rest of the year dealing with federal spending bills and whether or not to raise the nation’s borrowing limit. When federal lawmakers return in January for the second session of the 113th Congress, they will have to decide how to act on …

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Congressional Twitter accounts on the rise

January 31, 2013

In addition to setting federal policy for the communications and technology sectors, members of the U.S. Congress are responding to them. According to Mashable, every U.S. senator and more than 90 percent of U.S. House members who are serving in the 113th Congress have Twitter accounts. Those numbers have more than doubled since the last …

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UTOPIA Network in Debt, Failing Due to Government Incompetence

December 5, 2012

Coalition for the New Economy Releases Second Micro Paper on Government-Owned Networks (GONs) INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Coalition for the New Economy (CNE) today released a short case study by Dr. Joseph P. Fuhr Jr., professor of economics at Widener University in Chester PA, that examines the Utah Telecommunications Open Infrastructure Agency (UTOPIA), a government-owned …

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Columbia County pulls out of NFBA GON

November 15, 2012

We have reported several times before on the North Florida Broadband Authority, a government-owned network in which several cities and towns were to participate. According to the online newspaper the Columbia County Observer, in early November another participant pulled out of the network, which was to be completed by the end of this year and …

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Sibley County Withdraws from RS Fiber GON in MN

November 7, 2012

Back in September we reported that Minnesota residents waiting for a community-owned broadband to take shape would have to wait a little longer as RS Fiber delayed construction for six months. Earlier this week Minnesota Public Radio that one of the two counties that was to participate in the network has decided to out. According …

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Nebraskans Consider Tax Increase for GON

November 1, 2012

Americans going to the polls next week won’t only be casting ballots for president, representative or mayor. Many will be deciding how to vote on local referenda that could affect their pocketbooks for years, and possibly decades, to come. Residents of Nebraska City, Neb. are some of those Americans. Next week’s ballot will ask voters …

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State Senator Trying to Limit Fall Out from UTOPIA Debt Overload

September 27, 2012

After the results of an audit earlier this year showed the Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency (UTOPIA) is deeply in debt and lacks subscribers, Utah state Sen. Sen. John Valentine (R-Orem) decided enough was enough and produced legislation that would prevent city and county governments that participate in UTOPIA from borrowing money to fund its …

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