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Monroe County, PA: Driving Private Sector Investment In Broadband

November 20, 2017

According to the Pocono Record, gigabit broadband service is now available in Monroe County, Penn.—and no taxpayer money was used to bring the service to the rural community, which is located just 100 miles outside of New York City. Last year, East Stroudsburg University, the Monroe 2030 Action Team, the Pocono Mountain Economic Development Corporation, …

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Private Sector Is Advancing Broadband

November 13, 2017

Today more than 285 million Americans use the Internet and 85 percent of families have broadband or a smartphone at home. After investing more than $1.5 trillion into broadband infrastructure over the last 20 years, including $76 billion in 2015 alone, it is clear that the private sector is the primary driver behind this advancement. …

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The Private Sector: Bridging The Digital Divide

August 30, 2017

Last week, we discussed new investments private sector Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are making to expand broadband service in rural areas of the country. These efforts aren’t the only ones ISPs have undertaken to bridge the digital divide. Several major companies provide low-cost service or free or discounted devices to customers in need. For example: …

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Private Sector Is Advancing Broadband

August 24, 2017

After investing more than $1.5 trillion into broadband infrastructure over the last 20 years, including $76 billion in 2015 alone, the private sector is the primary driver behind this advancement. That’s why more and more Americans are able to use innovative entertainment devices, among other technologies, in their homes. Private sector providers continue to invest …

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Private Sector Is Advancing Broadband 1/20/17

January 20, 2017

As the Coalition for the New Economy has reported, broadband speeds in the United States continue to quicken. After investing more than $1.5 trillion into broadband infrastructure over the last 20 years, including $76 billion in 2015 alone, the private sector is the primary driver behind this advancement and that’s why more and more Americans …

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Internet Industry Expert: U.S. Policymakers Must Focus On Private Investment

October 19, 2016

In a Harvard Business Review article posted last week, Internet industry analyst Larry Downes argues that local, state, and federal policymakers should focus on building and improving U.S. digital infrastructure through private investment.  Note: private investment. While Downes argues for non-government investment in all types of infrastructure, including infrastructure that’s typically been funded by taxpayers, …

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Georgia Public Policy Foundation Outlines Private Broadband Investment Plan

September 15, 2016

Kelly McCutchen, president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation (GPPF), posted a column last week on the GPPF website arguing Georgia needs a “forward-thinking telecommunication policy” to make it “a great place to live and economically competitive.” What would that plan look like. Here are McCutchen’s suggestions: Lift the state’s sales tax on telecommunications network …

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Henderson, Tenn. Gets A Gig

September 2, 2015

As the Coalition for the New Economy has consistently reported in the past, private sector broadband providers are building gigabit broadband networks all around the country and, even though government-owned broadband supporters might argue it’s the “big guys” who have a monopoly on service, the fact is smaller providers are entering the gig market too. …

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Private Sector Is Advancing Broadband

July 2, 2015

As the Coalition for the New Economy reported recently, broadband speeds in the United States continue to quicken and the digital divide continues to narrow. After investing more than $1.3 trillion into broadband infrastructure over the last 20 years, the private sector is the primary driver behind this advancement. Private sector providers continue to invest …

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Private Broadband Expanding from Florida to Kansas City and Beyond

March 10, 2015

One of the chief arguments Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler and other supporters of government-owned broadband make to support their preferred policy is that private sector companies just aren’t leading the way to faster speeds. But several recent announcements defy that assertion: CenturyLink may soon be able to offer terabit speeds in Central Florida. …

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