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Broadband Access Contributes to Manufacturing Job Creation

September 24, 2012

A few weeks ago we explored how broadband had reformed our education and health care systems, and improved civic engagement. Today, we look at how broadband has revolutionized one of the America’s oldest sectors, manufacturing. The U.S. manufacturing sector has struggled over the last two decades and increased competition and cheaper labor from overseas drew …

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Are Regulations Good?

September 20, 2012

According to Communications Technology, earlier this week Henning Schulzrinne, the chief technology officer at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), argued regulations are good for the technology sector. Schulzrinne said, “Regulatory actions have been crucial in establishing certain technologies.” He pointed to global positioning system applications, which he argues grew out of the FCC requirement that …

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UTOPIA is Broke

September 13, 2012

We have written extensively about UTOPIA, a government-owned network in Utah that serves several communities in the state. Earlier this year, the state legislature received a dire warning about the system’s finances. Today, it seems UTOPIA was worse off than we thought. (The report received by the legislature revealed UTOPIA has “negative net assets of …

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Utopia, noun, “an imaginary island”

August 6, 2012

Or, because they are often built on dreamed-up and shaky business plans, a fitting name for a government-owned network. With promises of high revenues and subscribership rates, ten years ago 11 Utah counties embarked on a plan to build a government-owned network (GON). An audit released on Aug. 1, tells a story that is all …

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Government Owned Networks: Taxpayers Pay the Price

June 4, 2012

Politicians boosting government-owned broadband networks (GONs) make big promises, but these networks typically fail to deliver and – even worse – often leave taxpayers with a hefty bill.  In the past few years, most governments have had to cut back funding for essential services:  public safety, first responders, schools, and social service providers, to name …

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Dr. Joseph Fuhr’s Op-Ed on the Tennessean

March 23, 2012

Dr. Joseph Fuhr, author of “The Hidden Problems with Government-Owned Networks” talks about the risks that municipalities face when considering starting a broadband network in his recent Op-Ed on the Tennessean. “There is no question that broadband Internet access is necessary for success in today’s technology-based economy. In particular, high-speed broadband provides important social benefits, …

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The “App Economy” in America

February 27, 2012

The “App Economy” in America Can you remember a time when you used your mobile phone for the sole purpose of, well, calling someone? As Michael Mandel of the Progressive Policy Institute points out in The Atlantic, it really doesn’t seem like yesterday. Now, American small businessmen and women routinely use their phones to bank …

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Georgia Public Policy Foundation Warns of Government Overreach Into the Communications Sector

February 21, 2012

With a national debt topping $15.3 trillion – the entire size of the U.S. economy – and a federal budget nearing $4 trillion a year, there are a lot of questions about government spending and where lawmakers can cut back. While the majority of the focus has been at the federal level, a recent post …

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Senate Committee Approves Limits to I-Light Network

February 16, 2012

The Indianapolis Business Journal published an article this week outlining the argument for Senate Bill 361 and House Bill 1201, which would restrict the growth of I-Light, a government-owned broadband network in the state.   Specifically, the bill would keep I-Light from offering or providing “directly or indirectly, communications service to the public or to …

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