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The FCC and White House Weigh In on Internet Regulation

November 25, 2014

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Thomas Wheeler recently briefed leaders on Capitol Hill about the commission’s new net neutrality rules. We’re not certain if lawmakers discussed municipal broadband in the meetings, but given other recent developments, they should have. Both Chairman Wheeler and President Barack Obama have recently said they want to see the Internet …

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Americans Think Government Does Too Much — Including Broadband

November 5, 2014

The Coalition for the New Economy (CNE) believes there is a place for government when it comes to providing Americans with better access to broadband. We believe local and state governments, and the federal government, should act as a partner with private sector broadband providers, not as a competitor to them. It’s clear today that …

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Chattanooga EPB Raising Prices on Television Customers

October 31, 2014

Chattanooga’s Electric Power Board, which runs the city’s broadband network, is raising prices on its television customers. EPB President Harold DePriest blamed content providers, telling the Chattanooga Times Free Press that “the utility had held off on the increase as long as possible, but he said with content providers continually seeking increases of up to …

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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 …

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Government-Owned Broadband Review of the Week: Monticello, Minn.

August 28, 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‘s Charles Davidson and Michael Santorelli by examining their case study on Monticello, Minn.’s GON, FiberNet. FiberNet offers Internet, telephone and television services and is overseen by the city’s advisory board …

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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, …

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Stop The Hindering Of Private Broadband Investment, Kentucky

August 13, 2014

According to the National Broadband Map, 92.8 percent of Kentuckians have access to broadband speeds of 10 mbps or more. A higher percentage – 96.8 percent – have access to service that provides download speeds of three mbps per second. These figures are good, though low relative to other states. How could state lawmakers help …

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Chattanooga’s Shaky, Government-Run Broadband System Covered by Salon

July 22, 2014

Salon last week ran a positive report on Chattanooga, Tenn.’s municipal broadband service, which is operated by the city’s utility, the Electric Power Board (EPB). On this blog, we recently featured Michael Santorelli and Charles Davidson’s study on Chattanooga’s network. The report noted the system used millions of federal taxpayer dollars at the outset (millions of …

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Government-Owned Broadband Review of the Week: Bristol, Va.

July 9, 2014

Two weeks ago, the Coalition for the New Economy (CNE) alerted readers to a new study by Charles Davidson and Michael Santorelli from New York Law School. Our blog listed the duo’s top 10 arguments against government-owned broadband networks (GONs) and over the summer CNE plans to provide a deeper dive into Davidson and Santorelli’s …

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City of Sante Fe, NM Decides to Enter Broadband Marketplace

July 8, 2014

According to CivSource, Santa Fe, N.M. has decided to enter the broadband marketplace. The website reports, “The city is launching a million dollar effort to build out its own fiber optic infrastructure with the goal of increasing both broadband access and competition among broadband providers.” The city is already served by multiple broadband carriers, including …

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