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Are Lancaster Taxpayers Paying For Substandard Service?

August 22, 2017

Last May, this blog discussed Lancaster, Penn.’s decision to use city-owned green space to house infrastructure for its public-private broadband network, LanCity Connect. Neighborhood activists and local newspaper editors were outraged. Since then, construction of LanCity Connect has been plodding along and, according to LancasterOnline, residents’ complaints have grown well beyond those expressed last spring. …

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A Partnership In Holly Springs

June 24, 2016

Can the government and private sector work together to provide broadband? In Holly Springs, N.C. they are. As Watchdog.Org reports, small Canadian broadband provider Ting approached the city about two years ago asking if it could work with the mayor and his team to bring a gigabit network to the town of 29,000. Flash forward …

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Albuquerque Invests $1 Million To Provide Broadband Where Broadband Exists

May 1, 2015

Albuquerque Journal News: “Santa Fe is certainly not an unserved area. CenturyLink, Comcast, Cyber Mesa, NM Surf and a few other smaller companies service the area.” (Emphasis added.) Despite the fact city residents have several broadband options to choose from, the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico will invest $1 million in a joint public-private …

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Advancing Broadband: NYC Public Library, Austin Low-Income Housing

December 15, 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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Are Government Owned Networks Proven Job Creators?

December 8, 2014

Last week TennesseeWatchdog.Org, which is run by a collection of independent journalists who want to improve transparency in government, investigated one of the oft-repeated myths about government-owned broadband networks: that they create jobs. As an example, writer Chris Butler cited Kimball, Tenn. Mayor Rex Pesnell who has said a government-owned network (GON) would help his …

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10 Questions to Ask Before Your City Launches Municipal Broadband

October 7, 2014

Are you a local public official considering whether your city or county should launch its own broadband system? Then Ball State University Professor of Telecommunications Barry Umansky has ten questions you and your colleagues should answer. They are: 1. How do residents feel about your plans? First thing is to know what constituents want – …

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DPI Webinar Panelists Discuss Municipal Broadband

September 26, 2014

On Wednesday, the Digital Policy Institute hosted a discussion on the risks and benefits of municipal broadband. (You can watch the event here.) The talk featured Michael Santorelli from New York Law School, co-author of this report on municipal broadband. Free State Foundation President Randolph May, former Glenwood Springs, Colo. city council member David Merritt …

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Oconee County, SC “Middle Mile” Broadband Build – Pull the Plug?

August 26, 2014

In August 2010, Oconee County, S.C. won a $9.6 million federal grant to build a 250-mile “middle mile” broadband network. Local officials said the network would provide service to 2,400 businesses and nearly 67,000 residents and, according to an October 2010 Daily Journal-Messenger report, would “generate millions of dollars annually for Oconee County.” The county …

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Stop The Hindering Of Private Broadband Investment, Kentucky

August 13, 2014

According to the National Broadband Map, 92.8 percent of Kentuckians have access to broadband speeds of 10 mbps or more. A higher percentage – 96.8 percent – have access to service that provides download speeds of three mbps per second. These figures are good, though low relative to other states. How could state lawmakers help …

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Tennessee Internet Provider Wants to Work WITH – Not Against – Government

August 5, 2014

As the Coalition for the New Economy reported last week, Chattanooga’s Electric Power Board, which operates the city-owned Internet service provider, filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to overturn a state law that limits the region to which EPB can provide service. In a statement to the press regarding its filing, EPB …

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