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San Antonio Taxpayers Pay For Google Fiber Mistakes—Will Nashvillians Be Next?

September 26, 2016

Earlier this month, the Coalition for the New Economy highlighted a column by Utah Taxpayers Association Vice President Billy Hesterman that argued taxpayers shouldn’t subsidize Google Fiber broadband networks. Just how widespread are Google Fiber’s favors? Well, in Nashville the company just won a vote that will allow it to move other Internet providers’ infrastructure …

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Numbers Don’t Lie: No Evidence Chattanooga Taxpayer Broadband Helped Economy

August 24, 2016

The Tennessean recently published an enlightening column by Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies Chief Economist Dr. George S. Ford. Dr. Ford challenged claims, made by Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, that the city’s municipal broadband network, operated by the Electric Power Board (EPB) had helped the local economy. Dr. Ford concludes, …

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Small Tennessee ISP Owner: The Government Is Killing Me

July 27, 2016

In case you missed it: community-owned Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Tennessee are fighting back against the state government’s, and individual lawmakers’, desire to expand municipal broadband networks. (As the Coalition for the New Economy reported, last week the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development released a report that looked favorably upon government networks.) …

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Don’t Be Fooled By Tennessee Broadband Study

July 20, 2016

This week, the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development released a report on taxpayer-funded, government-owned broadband networks. The report looked favorably upon government networks, going as far as to call Kentucky’s statewide broadband system, which is nowhere near operational, a success. As the Coalition for the New Economy has explained here, here, and here, …

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Tennessee Subcommittee Says No To Government Broadband Expansion

March 17, 2016

For the second year in a row, members of the Tennessee legislature have opted to preserve current state law and prevent government-owned broadband networks from expanding beyond their current reach. The decision is a win for taxpayers. According to The Associated Press, on Tuesday Rep. Kevin Brooks, who had sponsored a bill to overturn current …

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Tennessee Democrat, Republican Argue FCC Overstepped Its Authority

January 12, 2016

Who says bipartisanship can’t happen in an election year? Not Rep. G.A. Hardaway (D) and Rep. Mark Green (R) of Tennessee. In a joint column in the Tennessean today, the two state lawmakers ask their colleagues in the statehouse to resist efforts to overturn a state municipal broadband law. Hardaway and Green also call on …

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