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Do Consumers Want Taxpayer-Financed Gigabit Service?

May 24, 2017

That’s a good question, and it’s one the Coalition for the New Economy often has asked. It’s certainly one that officials in many U.S. counties and towns have answered affirmatively. But just because local lawmakers build these networks, doesn’t mean consumers will come. To illustrate, let’s go “Down Under.” Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) offers …

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More Senior Citizens Using Internet, Smartphones

May 23, 2017

The Pew Research Center last week released the results of its latest survey examining internet use among American adults. The study indicates the digital divide between senior citizens and younger people is certainly narrowing. Specifically, Pew announced that, “for the first time, half of older Americans now have broadband at home.” The Pew study also …

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Broadband Consultants Go For One-Two Punch

May 19, 2017

According Taxpayers Protection Alliance Foundation investigative reporter Johnny Kampis, taxpayers in Rock Falls, Ill., Mont Belvieu, Tex., and Newport, Tenn. have been sucker punched by a consultancy called Magellan Advisors. And not once, but twice. Kampis explains that, first, these cities paid Magellan, which is based in Denver, Colo., to conduct studies to determine whether …

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Private Sector Is Advancing Broadband

May 16, 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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Hagerstown May Cut Municipal Broadband Project

May 11, 2017

Hagerstown, Md. is facing a $2.4 million budget gap. The city council is considering an increase in property taxes to help fill it. Originally the five member board wanted a 5.5-cent take hike, but after taking a look at the spending side of its ledger, the council thinks they might be able to get by …

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Cost A Declining Factor In Internet Adoption

May 10, 2017

According to the Pew Research Center, 13 percent of Americans do not use the Internet. Pew notes that this number has not changed much “over the past three years, despite recent government and social service programs to encourage internet adoption.” (We’ll add to that landscape an increasing number of municipal broadband networks.) The question is: …

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FCC Attempting To Reduce Regulatory Barriers To Private Broadband Investment

May 5, 2017

Policymakers in Washington, DC currently are focused on health care and tax reform, but after that Congress and the White House are expected to turn their attention to a plan to rebuild and enhance the nation’s infrastructure. It’s not certain whether this plan will include federal funding for broadband development.  Either way, it might not …

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Google Fiber Runs Into Reality—Then Begs For Taxpayer Support

May 4, 2017

Last October, Google Fiber announced that it would to cut nine percent of its staff and reduce the number of cities in which it would build high-speed internet systems. The company acknowledged that it simply had found that it’s very expensive to build gigabit Internet Service Providers (ISPs), even in densely populated areas.  Then-CEO Crag …

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Pikeville, Ky. Raising Taxes For Government Broadband

April 27, 2017

It appears that the city of Newport, Tenn. isn’t the only one that’s about to make a municipal broadband mistake. (See our blog post from earlier this week about Newport and its deliberations.) According to the Bluegrass Institute’s Jim Waters, Pikeville, Ky. also is about to put taxpayers dollars at risk in the pursuit of …

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Sun Prairie Sale A Win-Win-Win

April 24, 2017

The Sun Prairie, Wis. City Council recently voted to sell its government-owned broadband system to TDS Telecom for $2.88 million. The deal appears to be a win for city taxpayers, local broadband consumers, and the city itself.  First, the deal will allow the city to completely relieve itself from the debt associated with the network, …

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