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Picking Apart the Argument for Municipal Broadband

February 2, 2015

R Street last week weighed in on President Barack Obama’s plan to get more cities and counties involved in providing Internet services to their residents. R Street is blunt in its assessment: it says the idea is … well … not prudent given the terrible track records of government-owned networks (GONs). First, contrary to what …

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Debunking Pro Municipal Broadband Editorials

January 28, 2015

We’ll admit it: on its face, President Barack Obama’s proposal to expand the number of government-owned broadband networks might sound like a good idea. Cities are in charge of other utilities, right? And one more competitor in the market has to help consumers … won’t it? Clearly, the Boston Globe and the Los Angeles Times …

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Minnesotan Argues Municipal Broadband Best Fit For Unserved Areas

January 27, 2015

In a column in the Minneapolis Star Tribune this week, Freedom Foundation of Minnesota CEO Annette Meeks argues against undoing state municipal broadband laws like Minnesota’s, which requires local citizens to have a say in whether their city builds a government-owned network. One of Meeks’ primary concerns is the impact municipal broadband networks have on …

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Phoenix Center: Outside Factors Sustaining Chattanooga Broadband

January 26, 2015 In: Tennessee

Last week the Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal and Economic Public Policy Studies released a report by Dr. George S. Ford on Chattanooga, Tenn.’s government-owned broadband system. As Coalition for the New Economy readers know, the Chattanooga network is very often used to encourage other U.S. cities to create their own municipal broadband networks. The …

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What Others Are Saying about Obama’s Municipal Broadband Announcement

January 23, 2015

After his trip to Cedar Falls, Iowa last week and State of the Union address on Tuesday, a growing chorus of voices have weighed in against President Barack Obama’s plan to expand government-owned broadband networks (GONs). These individuals see GONs for what they are: costly taxpayer-funded projects that drive out the private sector and leave …

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Utahns Know Community Broadband Isn’t So Simple

January 21, 2015

Yesterday the editorial board at Utah’s Deseret News weighed in on President Barack Obama’s support of government-owned broadband networks (GONs). As CNE readers know, Utah residents have plenty of experience with GONs. Provo sold its network to Google for $1 after it couldn’t turn a profit and the cities and counties involved in the UTOPIA …

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Obama’s Internet Plan Could Push Out Small Private Providers

January 20, 2015

As CNE reported, last week President Barack Obama visited Cedar Falls, Iowa to promote government-owned broadband networks. According to the Galesburg, Ill. Register-Mail, small private Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are worried the proposals the president outlined could push them out of the broadband market, a consequence that would reduce competition and employment in towns like …

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