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Are Regulations Good?

September 20, 2012

According to Communications Technology, earlier this week Henning Schulzrinne, the chief technology officer at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), argued regulations are good for the technology sector. Schulzrinne said, “Regulatory actions have been crucial in establishing certain technologies.” He pointed to global positioning system applications, which he argues grew out of the FCC requirement that …

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FCC Announces Connect America Fund Awards

August 2, 2012

In our report, “The Hidden Problems with Government-Owned Networks,” Dr. Joseph P. Fuhr offers alternatives for municipalities considering costly government-owned broadband networks (GONs). Fuhr writes, “If market conditions exist where there is no financial incentive for a private firm to enter, it does not necessarily mean that the only answer to an unserved market is …

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Arkansas Voters Strongly Oppose GONs Plans

June 6, 2012

Voters in Siloam Springs, Ark. voted overwhelmingly against a city plan to build an $8.3 million publicly-owned fiber optic network. The measure went down on a 58 percent to 42 percent vote. City officials had said the project could be paid for without raising taxes (the city proposed to use reserve funds to pay for …

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South Carolina GONs Bill Up for Debate; County Approves Broadband Project

June 1, 2012

As the South Carolina legislature continues debate on HB 3508, a bill concerning government-owned networks, the Orangeburg County Council approved a $2.4 million contract to go ahead with the third phase of its public broadband project. The Orangeburg Times & Democrat reports the new funds will be used to deploy 171 miles of fiber that …

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North Florida Broadband Loses Bradford County

April 6, 2012

According to Fierce Telecom, lawmakers in Bradford County, Fla. have voted to withdraw from the town’s planned participation in the North Florida Broadband Authority’s $30 million wireless network. The county attorney said the decision was due to the fact NFBA had “strayed from its guiding principles” and had violated federal procurement guidelines. The attorney also …

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Georgia Public Policy Foundation Warns of Government Overreach Into the Communications Sector

February 21, 2012

With a national debt topping $15.3 trillion – the entire size of the U.S. economy – and a federal budget nearing $4 trillion a year, there are a lot of questions about government spending and where lawmakers can cut back. While the majority of the focus has been at the federal level, a recent post …

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Senate Committee Approves Limits to I-Light Network

February 16, 2012

The Indianapolis Business Journal published an article this week outlining the argument for Senate Bill 361 and House Bill 1201, which would restrict the growth of I-Light, a government-owned broadband network in the state.   Specifically, the bill would keep I-Light from offering or providing “directly or indirectly, communications service to the public or to …

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