join us button
 

What Happens When Municipal Broadband Fails? You Pay.

November 19, 2014

Recently a New York Times article on Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler’s effort to overturn state municipal broadband laws highlighted what happens when government-owned broadband goes wrong. The story cited a study this year by New York Law School’s Charles M. Davidson and Michael J. Santorelli that found “several municipal systems have failed, …

Continue Reading ...

Burlington Telecom Officially Sold to Private Company

November 7, 2014

Another government-owned broadband network (GON) has been sold to a private sector company. The Burlington Free Press reported Wednesday that Vermont’s Public Service Board unanimously approved a deal by which Burlington’s government-owned broadband network, Burlington Telecom, would be sold to a private company and then leased back to the city. Under the agreement, Blue Water …

Continue Reading ...

Australia’s National Broadband Network Problem

October 20, 2014

In blog posts earlier this year, the Coalition for the New Economy discussed Australia’s experience with its government-owned broadband network (GON). A recent story at Tech Policy Daily had more on the system, called the National Broadband Network (NBN). This new piece discusses how GONs like NBN impede competition. One problem with national GONs like …

Continue Reading ...

Why Government-Owned Broadband Networks Are A Bad Idea

September 18, 2014

R Street, a non-profit, non-partisan, public policy research organization, released a paper this month outlining several alternatives to government-owned broadband networks (GONs). The Coalition for the New Economy (CNE) will examine these alternatives in depth over the next several weeks, but before outlining other options, R Street explains why GONs are a bad idea in …

Continue Reading ...

Government-Owned Broadband Review of the Week: Wilson, N.C.

September 17, 2014

Today the Coalition for the New Economy (CNE) concludes its look at a New York Law School study of government-owned broadband networks (GONs). The final network we’ll look at is Wilson, N.C.’s Greenlight network. Readers will recall, Wilson, N.C. has been in the news lately because it has petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to let …

Continue Reading ...

GON’s Not as “Rosy” As FCC’s Tom Wheeler Describes

September 2, 2014

Americans for Prosperity policy analyst Kuper Jones authored another op-ed yesterday on government-owned broadband networks. (Coalition for the New Economy blog readers will recall Jones published an op-ed in Forbes earlier this year.) In his most recent piece, Jones says the “rosy” picture Federal Communications Commission Chair Tom Wheeler paints of GONs is misleading. Jones …

Continue Reading ...

Government-Owned Broadband Review of the Week: Groton, Conn.

August 14, 2014

Today the Coalition for the New Economy (CNE) continues its look at a recent study of government-owned broadband networks (GONs) from New York Law School by examining the report’s case study on Groton, Conn. As a reminder, CNE has written about this network, which was sold by the city for a nearly $30 million loss, …

Continue Reading ...

Why FCC Has No Authority to Preempt State Broadband Laws

August 7, 2014

As the Coalition for the New Economy has reported several times, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently considering whether to issue a new policy that would preempt state laws concerning government-owned broadband networks (GONs). Does the FCC have this authority? Center for Advanced Legal and Economic Public Policy Studies President Lawrence J. Spiwak says …

Continue Reading ...

Government Broadband Fails, So Citizens Have to Pay

July 1, 2014

Americans for Prosperity’s Kuper Jones has a must-read piece on Forbes today about UTOPIA, Utah’s failed government-owned broadband network. Jones first gives an excellent overview of UTOPIA’s financial situation. He notes: The system is $500 million in debt; The system had a negative $146 million in assets by the end of the last fiscal year; …

Continue Reading ...

Despite the Evidence, GON Supporters Still Hold On To False Myths

April 4, 2014

A New York Times blog published today discusses private and public ultra-high-speed fiber networks and the allure of them. The article refers favorably to one of the costliest government-owned broadband networks (GONs), Chattanooga’s Electric Power Board, which the Coalition for the New Economy has written about extensively. It also mentions the Gigabit Squared project, which …

Continue Reading ...