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Raleigh Area Underwhelmed With Google Fiber

October 26, 2017

ABC 11 in Raleigh, N.C. recently sent reporter Jon Camp to examine whether taxpayer-subsidized Google Fiber had made any progress bringing high-speed broadband to the city and its surrounding areas. Google Fiber announced its entry into the Raleigh market in January 2015 with the help of the former governor and seven mayors. At the time, …

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More Information On Salisbury’s Government ISP Failure

August 3, 2017

Earlier this week, we took a look at just one installment of “Fibrant in Focus,” The Salisbury Post’s investigation into the city’s government-owned Internet Service Provider (ISP). That installment was the second of five stories. Today, we look at the rest of reporter Josh Bergeron’s findings. According to the first report in the series, Fibrant …

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Salisbury, NC Municipal Network Not Really Profitable

August 2, 2017

In July The Salisbury Post ran a series of articles examining the city’s experience with government-owned broadband. (Salisbury, located in North Carolina, operates a system called Fibrant.) Below are the lowlights from just one part of the series. We’ll examine the other parts of investigation later this week. For years city leaders, including council members, …

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Problems For Google Fiber In Charlotte

July 6, 2017

More bad news this week about Google Fiber. In a nearly 2,000-word investigative piece, the Charlotte, N.C. news website Creative Loafing Charlotte says the company’s network in the city hasn’t generated much interest and is behind schedule. And while the company has worked with nonprofits to address the city’s digital divide, officials allegedly spend lavishly …

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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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Fibrant: Another Cautionary Tale

January 26, 2017

According to Light Reading senior editor Mari Silbey, Salisbury, N.C.’s municipal internet service provider, Fibrant, has hit “new speed bumps.” Specifically, the system is not taking in anywhere near what is needed to pay down its debt. According to a news report in the Salisbury Post, “The latest audit for the city showed that the …

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Wilson, NC Has No Idea How Much Free Internet Scheme Will Cost

November 2, 2016

According to Ars Technica and Watchdog.Org, city leaders in Wilson, N.C., after losing their federal case to allow the expansion of its government owned broadband network, now will skirt the law that the court kept in place by offering Internet service for free to a handful of residents. According to North Carolina law, cities in …

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North Carolina Governor Opposes Municipal Broadband

June 29, 2016

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory released a plan last week calling for universal statewide broadband access by 2021 and 100 percent access in schools by 2018. Currently, 93 percent of residents have high-speed broadband access. Gov. McCrory said just 65 percent of schools do, however. Absent from Gov. McCrory’s plan: an effort to expand government-owned …

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North Carolina Republican, Democrat Agree Municipal Broadband Is Bad For State

May 11, 2016

Members of both political parties, Republican and Democrat, are skeptical of government-owned broadband networks. This agreement is evident even in a hard fought election year—and last week a column in the Fayetteville Observer by former North Carolina Republican state representative Danny McComas and David Young, former chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party, proved as …

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A Bipartisan Plan For Broadband In North Carolina

April 19, 2016

Last Friday, the Ashville, N.C. Citizen-Times ran a column by former State Rep. Danny McComas (R) and former Buncombe County Commissioner and former Democratic state party chair David Young that explored options for expanding broadband access in their state. Though they belong to different political parties, the two state leaders agreed that North Carolina cities …

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