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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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Five rationales for municipal broadband deconstructed, discredited – Part IV

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. In this post we … Continue reading

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Five rationales for municipal broadband deconstructed, discredited-Part III

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. In this post we … Continue reading

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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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Government competition with private providers should always concern taxpayers and utility ratepayers

The Seattle Times reports that the Washington State Auditor has told the city of Lynnwood that further loans from the city’s utility to the city’s municipal golf course are not allowed, because according to the article, “the golf course can’t afford to … 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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Nothing much for PUD electric ratepayers to celebrate

There won’t be much to celebrate in the Tri-Cities when electric ratepayers of the area’s two PUDs discover how much they’re paying for PUD and NoaNet broadband. The Tri-City Herald reports that Governor Gregoire, local PUDs, NoaNet are celebrating the … Continue reading

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