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Advancing Broadband: Private Networks announcing service expansions every day

April 15, 2013

According to a March 2013 report by Charles Davidson and Michael Santorelli at New York University Law School, private broadband providers invested more than $1 trillion in broadband between 1996 and 2010 and $66 billion in 2011. Despite the proliferation in government-owned broadband networks, the private sector is still the primary driving force behind the …

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Gov. Kasich Celebrates Spending $13 million on GON while cutting Billions for Schools and Public Safety

December 13, 2012

Ohio Governor John Kasich yesterday hit the switch on the state’s revamped government-owned network, OARnet. According to officials, the system can now support speeds between 10 and 100 gigabits. When Gov. Kasich announced the expansion of OARnet he said it would cost taxpayers $10 million, but the final price tag, according to The Columbus Dispatch, …

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More Trouble for West Virginia Broadband Venture

December 4, 2012

One theme CNE has stressed over and over again in our discussions of government-owned networks is that public officials rarely have the expertise to effectively and profitably run a broadband network. The best thing we can say about the growing mess regarding West Virginia’s taxpayer-funded venture into broadband (which CNE has reported on before) is …

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A New Project on the Heels of Seattle’s Failed Wi-Fi Network

October 4, 2012

Earlier this year, leaders in Seattle, Wash. abandoned plans for a city-owned wireless network. The officials cited the cost of the network and the fact that so many city residents are able to get wireless coverage on their mobile devices as the key reasons for their decision. This failure – in a city that probably …

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FCC Announces Connect America Fund Awards

August 2, 2012

In our report, “The Hidden Problems with Government-Owned Networks,” Dr. Joseph P. Fuhr offers alternatives for municipalities considering costly government-owned broadband networks (GONs). Fuhr writes, “If market conditions exist where there is no financial incentive for a private firm to enter, it does not necessarily mean that the only answer to an unserved market is …

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Mobile Phone Use Outpacing Landline Use in Mississippi

March 1, 2012

A recent piece on WTVA in Tupelo, MS highlights a new study showing more Mississippians are dropping their home phone and use only their cell phone.  Experts say its due to broadband, a high speed delivery of voice and Internet service through the use of cell phone towers, that’s especially important in rural areas. Dr. …

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