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What Does Rock Falls Stand To Lose If It Enters The Broadband Market?

February 23, 2017

Officials in Rock Falls, Ill. currently are considering whether to issue $13 million in bonds to design, build and operate a citywide fiber optic network. Town council leaders cast their first vote on the matter earlier this month and the proposal continues to move ahead full steam. Not everyone is pleased, however. According to SaukValley.com, …

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Tennessee Governor Offers Rural Broadband Plan

February 1, 2017

As Watchdog.Org’s Johnny Kampis explained yesterday, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has introduced draft legislation that “would emphasize grants and incentives” for private Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and electric cooperatives to build broadband networks “over allowing taxpayer-supported municipal networks to expand.” Specifically, the bill would make $45 million in tax credits and grants available to telecommunications …

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Broadband Speeds Continue To Improve Globally And In The United States

December 16, 2016

According to Akamai Technologies, Inc. broadband speeds continued to improve across the globe in the third quarter of 2016. Specifically the report found: The global average connection speed improved 2.3 percent in the third quarter, to 6.3 megabits per second (Mbps), and was up 21 percent from the third quarter of 2015; The global average …

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To Expand Rural Broadband, Reduce Barriers To Entry

October 21, 2016

Earlier this week, the Coalition for the New Economy highlighted the advice of Internet industry expert Larry Downes, who suggested one of the best ways to promote private sector broadband investment is to reduce regulatory barriers to entry. In testimony before the Joint High-Speed Broadband Communications Access for All Georgians Study Committee earlier this month, …

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City Taking Over Green Space For Government Broadband

May 9, 2016

There are many reasons to oppose government-owned broadband networks: the high cost to local, state, and federal taxpayers; the fact that these networks crowd out private broadband investment; the fact that they usual end up in debt; and the dubious economic impact of them. Residents of Lancaster, Penn. have added another reason: they don’t want …

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New Study Highlights Perils Of Government Broadband

April 8, 2016

Broadcasting & Cable reported this week that there is a new study out regarding municipal broadband networks. The report, which was issued by the State Government Leadership Foundation (SGLF) and is available here, concludes: Subsidization Exposes Taxpayers To Risk. Broadcasting & Cable explains, “Muni broadband buildouts are almost always subsidized, and that a government firm …

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The Internet Is Fast—And Getting Faster

March 23, 2016

Akamai this week released its latest “State of the Internet” report and, according to MediaPost.Com, “Year-over-year, global markets experienced strong growth in average connection speeds and overall broadband adoption.” A ZDNet headline proclaimed, “​The Internet is getting faster, a lot faster.” The report found average global connection speeds rose 23 percent from the fourth quarter …

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Tennessee Subcommittee Says No To Government Broadband Expansion

March 17, 2016

For the second year in a row, members of the Tennessee legislature have opted to preserve current state law and prevent government-owned broadband networks from expanding beyond their current reach. The decision is a win for taxpayers. According to The Associated Press, on Tuesday Rep. Kevin Brooks, who had sponsored a bill to overturn current …

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In Alabama: What Is The Best Way To Promote Broadband Competition?

March 17, 2016

As the Coalition for the New Economy has reported over recent months, state lawmakers in Alabama currently are debating how to expand broadband access and adoption in their state. So far, policymakers have two, and perhaps three, very different approaches from which to choose. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley wants to use federal and state tax …

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Major General: WV Broadband Project Would Put Veterans’ Funding At Risk

February 9, 2016

The vast majority of state governments – 46 out of 50 – have some sort of requirement to balance their budgets each year. Because they are prohibited from running a deficit, state lawmakers face serious questions each year about where to cut funding, where to add it, and what programs to get rid of altogether. …

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