Category Archives: Federal Action and Grants

Five rationales for municipal broadband deconstructed, discredited-Part I

New York Law School authors Davidson and Santorelli in their March 2013 research, Evaluating the Rationales for Government-Owned Broadband Networks, looked at five common rationales offered by municipal broadband advocates for government ownership and entry broadband service delivery. The first and … Continue reading

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Welcome congressional investigation of broadband stimulus projects in Minnesota

Don’t miss today’s article from Franklin Center’s Watchdog Minnesota reporter, Tom Steward,  Congress investigating MN broadband stimulus project. This excerpt caught my eye:   “While the committee recognizes the importance of expanding broadband access to rural areas of the country, we … Continue reading

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Millions Said to Be Wasted on U.S. Broadband Expansion – Bloomberg

Millions Said to Be Wasted on U.S. Broadband Expansion  according to Bloomberg on news of hearings in the U.S. House Energy and Commerce committee’s subcommittee on communications. “The government has spent millions on equipment it did not need and on stringing … Continue reading

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House Republicans Take New Aim at Broadband Subsidies – 2013-02-25 20:28:25 | Broadcasting & Cable

Don’t miss House Republicans Take New Aim at Broadband Subsidies – 2013-02-25 20:28:25 | Broadcasting & Cable. The whole thing’s worth the read, but here’s a sample: Of course, Republicans were critical in general of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act … Continue reading

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FCC broadband progress report, the rest of the story

The FCC released its 8th progress report and map on broadband deployment across the country. In it announcement the Commission notes: The nation has made significant progress expanding high-speed Internet access in recent years, but further implementation of major reforms … Continue reading

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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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PUDs shouldn’t sell broadband | The Wenatchee World

These comments from Wenatchee World publisher Rufus Woods from November 2011 are worth remembering and repeating: Officials of local broadband companies are correct when they say that if the public utilities are allowed to compete with them to sell services … Continue reading

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