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Lawmakers Urge FCC Chairman To Rethink His Position on GON’s

June 13, 2014

A group of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday sent a letter to Federal Communications Chairman Tom Wheeler asking him, as the Coalition for the New Economy has done, to rethink his position on government-owned broadband. (As a reminder, Chairman Wheeler wants to use FCC authority to overturn state laws that require GONs …

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Broadband Completion In Austin Is A Win-Win For Consumers

June 9, 2014

As this map from Community Broadband Networks indicates, Austin, Tex. does not have a community broadband network. The map also indicates there are “barriers” in Texas that may inhibit taxpayer-owned networks. So what does this mean for competition in Austin? While municipal broadband supporters would have people believe it means less competition, slower speeds and …

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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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City Auditors Issue Another Warning To LUS Fiber

June 4, 2014

RStreet.Com reported last week that, “LUS Fiber, the municipal broadband system in Lafayette, La., last month received another warning from city auditors …” In their latest annual report, auditors noted LUS Fiber in its initial feasibility study was projected to earn $36.7 million in its sixth year of operation (2013). Its actual revenues, however, totaled …

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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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FCC’s Tom Wheeler Discusses Municipal Broadband

May 28, 2014

A couple of weeks ago on this blog, the Coalition for the New Economy discussed the roadmap Google and AT&T have given cities interested in partnering with the two companies to bring gigabit broadband service to town. TheVerge.Com reports Federal Communications Commission Chair Tom Wheeler discussed Google’s checklist at a congressional hearing in Washington, DC …

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Another Case Against Municipal Broadband

May 21, 2014

The Concord Monitor in New Hampshire published an excellent article by Marc Brown, the executive director of the nonprofit New England Ratepayers Association, last week. Brown argued against municipal broadband because of the taxpayer cost. (The Monitor’s editorial board had previously written in favor of municipal broadband.) For example, Brown notes that Concord “has several …

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Low Subscribership, Wasted Tax Dollars Plagued GON’s

May 8, 2014

Low subscribership. It’s a problem that has plagued many government-owned broadband networks (GONs), including those in Utah, North Carolina and Vermont, have faced. Whether it’s because GON supporters inflate the likely number of subscribers in order to get local lawmakers on board with municipal broadband or because these networks fail to live up to what …

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Advancing Broadband: Private Sector Driving Important Advances

May 5, 2014

According to the White House, “Responding to the increasing consumer demand for services accessed through broadband, the private sector has been driving important advances in infrastructure and technology.” Indeed, between 2009 and 2013, private sector companies invested $200 billion in wired and wireless broadband networks.  The White House report also noted, “Just two of the …

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Seattle Mayor Should Think Twice About Considering A GON

April 21, 2014

In a blog post nearly two weeks ago, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray suggested his city might consider jumping into the Internet service business. (CNE readers will remember Seattle abandoned plans for a city-owned WiFi network about two years ago.) Mayor Murray accused one company in the city of having a “monopoly” on Internet service and …

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