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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; …

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Government-Owned Broadband Review of the Week: Chattanooga’s EPB Network

June 27, 2014

Earlier this week, the Coalition for the New Economy gave readers its topline review of the Advanced Communications Law and Policy Institute’s (ACLPI) new study on government owned broadband networks (GONs). The report is full of general information about these networks and also includes detailed reviews of 10 of them. We’ll look at each of …

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10 Conclusions About Government-Owned Broadband Networks

June 24, 2014

The New York University Law School’s Advanced Communications Law and Policy Institute (ACLPI) recently released a report that outlines the common problems with government-owned broadband networks (GONs). The report, authored by Charles Davidson and Michael Santorelli with contributions from several government and business leaders in cities in states that have GONs, examines 10 networks across …

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Government-Owned Broadband, Not Just An American Issue

June 20, 2014

Proponents of government-owned broadband systems, like Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, are fond of saying taxpayer networks are necessary to boost broadband competition and, therefore, reduce prices and improve service for customers.  But as the Coalition for the New Economy has pointed out in Tennessee, it was GON supporters who wanted to raise fees …

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More Speaking Out Against Proposed FCC Broadband Policy

June 18, 2014

Last week, the Coalition for the New Economy reported that more than 70 U.S. lawmakers had written to ask Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler to rethink the FCC’s new policy that will allow it to intervene to overturn state and local laws aimed at ensuring government-owned broadband networks (GONs) operate on the same …

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U.S. Winning the Broadband Race Over Europe

June 16, 2014

Coalition for the New Economy blog readers know we’ve repeatedly tried to debunk the myth that the U.S. is falling behind the rest of the world, particularly Europe, when it comes to access to high-speed broadband. Here’s another story to add to our list of proof: according to a recent Financial Times news story, “The …

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Utah Taxpayers Association Skeptical of UTOPIA’s Bailout Plan

June 12, 2014

Last week, we reported Utah’s UTOPIA government-owned broadband network, which has been in the red for years, is considering a bailout plan offered by an Australian firm, Macquarie. The bailout plan requires UTOPIA charge all residents in its 11 communities – regardless of whether they subscribe to UTOPIA’s services – a $20 monthly fee. A …

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Failed Municipal Network Leaves Taxpayers Footing the Bill

June 6, 2014

In Groton, Conn. and Provo, Utah city leaders approved plans to sell their failed municipal broadband networks for $1 each. (The systems each cost more than $35 million.) We thought those bad deals were pretty bad until we read a post from RStreet.Com about Utah’s UTOPIA network. (See the Coalition for the New Economy’s paper …

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Municipal Broadband: Many Promises, More Failures

May 29, 2014

Municipal broadband network supporters love to argue that taxpayer-funded networks are better for consumers because they lower prices and improve service. CNE has deconstructed these claims before (specifically, see CNE’s blog post here on the price issue), but at RealClearPolitics today two gentlemen from the watchdog group the American Consumer Institute do it. Zack Christenson …

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Government-Owned Network in Utah Still Losing Taxpayer Money

May 19, 2014

Last year the Coalition for the New Economy released a report on UTOPIA, a broadband network in Utah owned and operated by several towns and counties. In that paper we reported, “UTOPIA lost $18.8 million in fiscal year 2011; has a negative net value of $120 million; and owes interest totaling $500 million until 2040.” …

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