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Bad Move By the U.S. Conference of Mayors

June 26, 2014

It is unfortunate that the U.S. Conference of Mayors this week passed a resolution that supports federal preemption of state laws on government owned networks (GONs). Specifically, the resolution said, “the US Conference of Mayors recommends that the FCC preempt state barriers to municipal broadband service as a significant limitation to competition in the provision …

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10 Conclusions About Government-Owned Broadband Networks

June 24, 2014

The New York University Law School’s Advanced Communications Law and Policy Institute (ACLPI) recently released a report that outlines the common problems with government-owned broadband networks (GONs). The report, authored by Charles Davidson and Michael Santorelli with contributions from several government and business leaders in cities in states that have GONs, examines 10 networks across …

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Government-Owned Broadband, Not Just An American Issue

June 20, 2014

Proponents of government-owned broadband systems, like Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, are fond of saying taxpayer networks are necessary to boost broadband competition and, therefore, reduce prices and improve service for customers.  But as the Coalition for the New Economy has pointed out in Tennessee, it was GON supporters who wanted to raise fees …

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More Speaking Out Against Proposed FCC Broadband Policy

June 18, 2014

Last week, the Coalition for the New Economy reported that more than 70 U.S. lawmakers had written to ask Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler to rethink the FCC’s new policy that will allow it to intervene to overturn state and local laws aimed at ensuring government-owned broadband networks (GONs) operate on the same …

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U.S. Winning the Broadband Race Over Europe

June 16, 2014

Coalition for the New Economy blog readers know we’ve repeatedly tried to debunk the myth that the U.S. is falling behind the rest of the world, particularly Europe, when it comes to access to high-speed broadband. Here’s another story to add to our list of proof: according to a recent Financial Times news story, “The …

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Lawmakers Urge FCC Chairman To Rethink His Position on GON’s

June 13, 2014

A group of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday sent a letter to Federal Communications Chairman Tom Wheeler asking him, as the Coalition for the New Economy has done, to rethink his position on government-owned broadband. (As a reminder, Chairman Wheeler wants to use FCC authority to overturn state laws that require GONs …

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Utah Taxpayers Association Skeptical of UTOPIA’s Bailout Plan

June 12, 2014

Last week, we reported Utah’s UTOPIA government-owned broadband network, which has been in the red for years, is considering a bailout plan offered by an Australian firm, Macquarie. The bailout plan requires UTOPIA charge all residents in its 11 communities – regardless of whether they subscribe to UTOPIA’s services – a $20 monthly fee. A …

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Broadband Completion In Austin Is A Win-Win For Consumers

June 9, 2014

As this map from Community Broadband Networks indicates, Austin, Tex. does not have a community broadband network. The map also indicates there are “barriers” in Texas that may inhibit taxpayer-owned networks. So what does this mean for competition in Austin? While municipal broadband supporters would have people believe it means less competition, slower speeds and …

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Advancing Broadband: ISP’s Driving U.S. Broadband Growth

June 2, 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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Municipal Broadband: Many Promises, More Failures

May 29, 2014

Municipal broadband network supporters love to argue that taxpayer-funded networks are better for consumers because they lower prices and improve service. CNE has deconstructed these claims before (specifically, see CNE’s blog post here on the price issue), but at RealClearPolitics today two gentlemen from the watchdog group the American Consumer Institute do it. Zack Christenson …

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