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China Believes Ending Government-Run Internet Monopoly Will Reduce Prices

May 12, 2015

The Coalition for the New Economy has written previously about how former President Bill Clinton and his administration explicitly argued, while writing the United States’ first federal Internet policy, against government ownership of the Internet or broadband. Since then, private sector companies have invested more than $1.3 trillion to expand broadband across the country and, …

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Do Government-Owned Networks Save Schools Money?

January 7, 2015

Can schools and other publicly-run institutions save precious dollars by subscribing to a government-owned broadband service provider versus a privately-owned one? Unsurprisingly, supporters of government-owned networks (GONs) almost always answer that question in the affirmative. However, a new report from CT&T of North Little Rock, a telecommunications consulting firm, suggests that answer is wrong. According …

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Broadband Industry Key to Economic Growth in the U.S.

January 24, 2014

Next week, Tuesday Jan. 28, President Barack Obama will give his annual State of the Union address to the U.S. Congress. The president is expected to focus on how to bridge the growing income gap between the rich and the poor. Looking at a new report by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), it is …

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Debunking Susan Crawford’s Support for Government-Owned Networks

January 10, 2013

In late December, Susan Crawford, a former adviser to President Barack Obama and current visiting professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Law School, argued in Bloomberg that government-owned broadband networks are “more reliable and cheaper than those of the private carriers.” Crawford also says, “Municipal networks are seeing more than half …

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STUDY: TechNet Shows Private Broadband Investment Increases Access and Improves the Economy

December 20, 2012

A new study from TechNet confirms the Coalition for a New Economy’s basic premise: more private investment in broadband leads not only to better access for consumers, but also improves the economy. Furthermore, the policy stances individual state governments take matter to the overall health of the broadband industry and the economy. States with high …

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UTOPIA Network in Debt, Failing Due to Government Incompetence

December 5, 2012

Coalition for the New Economy Releases Second Micro Paper on Government-Owned Networks (GONs) INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Coalition for the New Economy (CNE) today released a short case study by Dr. Joseph P. Fuhr Jr., professor of economics at Widener University in Chester PA, that examines the Utah Telecommunications Open Infrastructure Agency (UTOPIA), a government-owned …

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Online Shoppers Didn’t Wait for Cyber Monday

November 26, 2012

While several big box stores opened their doors well before midnight on Black Friday, consumers, it seems, weren’t enticed by the ever-earlier hours and instead chose to shop online. According to a story over the weekend by CNet, online shopping was up 17 percent over last year on Thanksgiving Day and nearly 21 percent on …

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Bristol, TN Planning to Offer 1 Gig Service

November 21, 2012

Another Tennessee city is getting into the super high-speed broadband business. According to GigaOm, Bristol, which was already home to a government-owned network, has launched a one gigabit broadband service plan. The service will be available to businesses and individuals in a 280-mile area. Here is the portion of the story that caught our eye: …

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U.S. Ranks 9th in the World for Broadband Adoption

October 25, 2012

U.S. broadband speeds are improving. According to the most recent Akamai State of the Internet Report, which is published each quarter, Internet speeds in the U.S. got 16 percent faster between the second quarter of 2011 and the second quarter of 2012. The U.S. now ranks ninth in the world, with an average average connection …

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Private Sector Drives Broadband Expansion, Says New Report

October 9, 2012

As it has in the U.S., broadband access in New York state has expanded exponentially in recent years. According to a new report from Charles M. Davidson and Michael J. Santorelli for The Advanced Communications Law and Policy Institute at New York Law School, only five percent of New Yorkers today do not have access …

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