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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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Top Failures in Government-Owned Broadband Networks

February 6, 2015

Have a hard time keeping all the municipal broadband failures across the country straight? Given the mind-boggling taxpayer losses associated with these experiments, we can’t blame you. Fortunately, Charles Davidson and Michael Santorelli at New York Law School last month issued a two-page summary of some of the most egregious government-owned broadband failures. They are: …

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Picking Apart the Argument for Municipal Broadband

February 2, 2015

R Street last week weighed in on President Barack Obama’s plan to get more cities and counties involved in providing Internet services to their residents. R Street is blunt in its assessment: it says the idea is … well … not prudent given the terrible track records of government-owned networks (GONs). First, contrary to what …

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What Others Are Saying about Obama’s Municipal Broadband Announcement

January 23, 2015

After his trip to Cedar Falls, Iowa last week and State of the Union address on Tuesday, a growing chorus of voices have weighed in against President Barack Obama’s plan to expand government-owned broadband networks (GONs). These individuals see GONs for what they are: costly taxpayer-funded projects that drive out the private sector and leave …

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Utahns Know Community Broadband Isn’t So Simple

January 21, 2015

Yesterday the editorial board at Utah’s Deseret News weighed in on President Barack Obama’s support of government-owned broadband networks (GONs). As CNE readers know, Utah residents have plenty of experience with GONs. Provo sold its network to Google for $1 after it couldn’t turn a profit and the cities and counties involved in the UTOPIA …

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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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Mercatus Center Study Confirms GONs Not Big Job Creators

December 17, 2014

Our blog has discussed several times, including here and here, whether government-owned broadband networks (GONs) contribute positively to the local economies in which they exist. We’ve concluded claims that they do contribute positively are dubious at best. Now a new study from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University seems to agree. In a study …

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Salisbury, NC Bond Rating Downgraded Due to Municipal Broadband

December 10, 2014

According to the Charlotte Business Journal, Moody’s will downgrade Salisbury, N.C.’s bond rating because of the debt held by the city’s government-owned broadband network (GON), Fibrant. Salisbury’s debt rating will drop four places, from Aa2 to A3, because the “citywide fiber-optic system is straining Salisbury’s ability to pay off the debt to build the system,” …

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