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FCC Chair Ajit Pai: Private Providers Can Solve The Digital Divide … If Government Gets Out Of The Way

September 12, 2017

Two weeks ago, this blog detailed how private sector Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are helping to bridge the digital divide. In remarks in Texas last week, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chair Ajit Pai picked up on this theme, arguing that commercial investment is key to bringing more people online. According to Multichannel, Pai argued that …

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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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When It Comes To The Internet, It’s Not A Question Of Access

July 25, 2016

The Pew Research Center last week released more evidence that the United States’ private sector model for providing high-speed internet service and access is working and that, in most cases, it’s not access that matters when it comes to the decision to go online, it’s an individual’s personal feelings about the internet that do. Pew …

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Broadband Deemed Affordable In 111 Countries

May 27, 2015

The International Telecommunication Union released a report this week outlining where the world is today – in 2015 – in terms of Internet access. The report “features end-2015 estimates for key telecommunication/ICT indicators, including on mobile-cellular subscriptions, Internet use, fixed and mobile broadband services, home ICT access, and more.” The data shows how far we …

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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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Up to 98 Percent of Americans Access 4G thanks to Private Investment

April 2, 2015

A fact sheet released by the White House last week announced that 98 percent of Americans now have access to 4G wireless broadband. The White House said “significant private investment” helped the Obama Administration meet its 98 percent coverage goal “nearly two years ahead of schedule.” The Coalition for the New Economy has routinely argued …

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Private Sector IS Providing Robust Internet

February 11, 2015

Has the private sector failed when it comes providing Americans with affordable, fast Internet service? Municipal broadband network supporters would say so, but Lindsay M. Lewis, executive director at the left-leaning Progressive Policy Institute, says no. In The Wall Street Journal today, Mr. Lewis reports, “Internet speeds in the U.S. are among the fastest in …

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Government-Owned Broadband Review of the Week: Cedar Falls, Iowa

July 15, 2014

Today the Coalition for the New Economy continues its look at the recent study of government-owned broadband networks (GONs) from New York Law School by examining the report’s case study on Cedar Falls, Iowa. According to authors Charles Davidson and Michael Santorelli, the city’s GON was established in the mid-1990s and is one of the …

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Advancing Broadband: Private Sector Committed to Making a Broadband Difference

July 11, 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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