Category Archives: Around the Country

Muni Broadband is Still a Net Money Loser, says Reason

A shift to more interventionist government has led …several states, mindful of the checkered financial history of such efforts, and fearing the fiscal liability they pose, have been drafting legislation to rein in these projects which, when they fail, leave … Continue reading

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Palo Alto Dark Fiber Brings $2.1 Million Per Year – this is more like it

The model described in this post from Community Broadband Networks is a more appropriate and sustainable government approach. Dark fiber leasing of government-owned fiber to taxpaying, private internet retailers can bring important high-speed connectivity to rural residents and businesses at … Continue reading

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Broadband Internet access is NOT like rural electrification

In belated response to specious arguments like those from the Roosevelt Institute on behalf of public broadband schemes, remember that fiber and broadband Internet access is not like rural electrification in the 1930s … in several important ways. Possibly the most important way in which … Continue reading

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Muni-cable venture for sale in Groton, CT

News today comes from the Northeast town of Groton, CT where The Day reports that Groton Utilities’ venture into cable an ambitious idea that didn’t pan out. The town of Groton has voted to sell its municipally-owned cable and Internet venture. Congratulations! … Continue reading

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Chattanooga’s Smart Grid: The Real Cost to Taxpayers » Coalition for the New Economy

In Chattanooga’s Smart Grid: The Real Cost to Taxpayers  the Coalition for the New Economy estimates that the area’s smart grid system will cost taxpayers $173.3 million more than originally estimated.

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Chattanooga named as White House partner in new broadband program | timesfreepress.com

Chattanooga named as White House partner in new broadband program | timesfreepress.com. As part of the new push, President Barrack Obama on Thursday will sign an executive order that will direct federal agencies better cooperate with private broadband providers in … Continue reading

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