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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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Louisville Risking $5.4 Million On Kentucky’s Delayed Broadband System

May 2, 2017

Even though Kentucky’s statewide middle mile broadband system, KentuckyWired, is behind schedule, Wired says that Louisville, Ky. Mayor Greg Fischer has decided he wants to risk $5.4 million to connect to it. (Late last month, the Lexington Herald Leader reported that not only will KentuckyWired not “be done nearly as soon as officials first announced …

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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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Massachusetts Agency Loses Grantmaking Ability, But Still In Charge Of Failed Government-Run Network

April 14, 2017

In a handful of blog posts over the last few months, the Coalition for the New Economy has explored the failure of Massachusetts’ statewide, government-owned network, MassBroadband123. This network has consumed nearly $90 million in taxpayer funds, $45.4 million from federal taxpayers and $44.3 million in “matching” funds from Massachusetts. Now, according to a report …

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Operator Of Bay State Taxpayer Broadband Network Files For Bankruptcy

March 24, 2017

The Coalition for the New Economy reported last month that Massachusetts’ taxpayer-financed broadband network was in bad shape. Now, according to a report Wednesday in the Boston Globe, “The company that runs the state-owned high-speed broadband network in Western Massachusetts filed for bankruptcy protection … claiming the operation has been losing money from its inception.” …

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Provo Municipal Network “Was A Drain On City Coffers”

May 25, 2016

As the Coalition for the New Economy has pointed out previously, Provo, Utah provides one of the most cautionary tales when it comes to government owned-broadband. To recap: this city spent more than $30 million on a city network that failed and was eventually sold to Google for $1. As Watchdog.org noted last week, city …

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Australia’s National Broadband Network A Failure

May 23, 2016

This blog has written before about Australia’s government-owned broadband network—the National Broadband Network. We’re not the only ones who see this network as a complete failure. In a column in The Australian this week, Institute of Public Affairs Media and Communications Manager Evan Mulholland, who was a former adviser to Communications Minister Mitch Fifield, agrees. …

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Another Failed GON: Oconee County, S.C.

April 22, 2016

Last September, the Coalition for the New Economy reported Oconee County in South Carolina had agreed to pay $650,000 to settle a lawsuit with M2PNet, LLC., a small Internet Service Provider in the region that was one of six local providers authorized to use the county’s middle mile broadband network, called Fiber Optics Creating Unified …

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CNE Reviews Worst Municipal Broadband Network Failures in the U.S.

November 11, 2015

The Coalition for the New Economy has released a new three-page review of some of the worst government-owned broadband failures in the United States. They are: Groton, CT: Groton built its cable and Internet system in the mid-2000s, but was forced to sell it in early 2013, because it was failing and mired in debt. …

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Another GON Bites The Dust?

July 6, 2015

While exploring whether or not Seattle should build its own government-owned broadband network, Seattle Weekly reported recently that the city of Tacoma is considering shutting down its city-owned network. According to a June 30 story by Jennifer Karami Tue, “[T]he region’s second-biggest city is going in a decidedly different direction: Tacoma has had public internet …

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