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Rochester, Minn. Still Has Cold Feet

April 19, 2017

For at least a year, the Rochester, Minn. City Council has been considering whether to move forward with a plan to study whether to build a government-owned, citywide broadband network. This week, the council rejected the idea again. According to KAAL TV in Rochester, council members on Monday voted to table a motion that would …

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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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Despite “Excellent” Service, Town Exploring Taxpayer-Funded Network For Schools

April 11, 2017

Grand Island, N.Y. taxpayers are about to shell out $12,000 for a study that is supposed to determine the viability of a city-run broadband network. But does the city need such a system? It depends on whom you ask. Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray has said, “Grand Island has some of the worst internet service you …

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Fayetteville City Council Member: “Tread Lightly” On Municipal Broadband

March 31, 2017

In a column published this week in the Fayetteville Observer, Fayetteville City Council Member Bobby Hurst advises that North Carolina state lawmakers should “tread lightly when it comes to” building government-owned broadband networks. Hurst calls the idea of municipal broadband “seductive” because proponents tell city leaders these systems will lead to new revenues and will …

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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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Is Australia’s Government Network “Broken Beyond Repair”?

March 16, 2017

The Coalition for the New Economy has argued repeatedly that one of the reasons government-owned Internet Service Providers (ISPs) run into trouble is that municipal officials rarely have the expertise to build and manage a complex communications network that require regular (and costly) upgrades. We’re seeing this problem play out in Australia. Internet Australia Executive …

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Sun Prairie System Runs Significant Deficits, Only Serves 5 Percent Of Residents

March 14, 2017

As the Coalition for the New Economy reported last month, the city of Sun Prairie, Wis. wants to sell its government-owned broadband network. The network only has 200 subscribers, about five percent of city residents, and the city is carrying millions of dollars in debt for it. Armed with records obtained through a Freedom of …

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CEO Of Australia’s Government Network Asks Whether There Is A Market For Gigabit

February 17, 2017

Are one gigabit broadband speeds necessary? In the United States we’ve clearly seen an uptick in demand—and of private Internet Service Providers (ISPs) fulfilling that demand—but Bill Morrow, the CEO of Australia’s National Broadband Network (or NBN, a government owned system) says most consumers still don’t need, or want, these speeds. At any price. ZDNet …

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More Troubles For Google Fiber

February 15, 2017

On Monday, this blog discussed the many ways that taxpayers have subsidized Google Fiber. Today, there is growing evidence that the company continues to struggle in the cities where it has promised affordable gigabit Internet service for all. Kendric Ward from Watchdog.Org reported yesterday that Google Fiber’s construction subcontractors are responsible for nearly $250,000 “in …

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Another Government-Owned Broadband Sale

February 10, 2017

A Wisconsin government owned broadband network has been sold to a telecommunications company in an effort to let taxpayers “avoid future risk.” According to the Taxpayers Protection Alliance Foundation, under government ownership, the Sun Prairie system only attracted 200 customers and racked up more than $9.3 million in debt (or, more than $46,500 per customer). …

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