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FCA urges FCC to work in collaboration with states, not preempt their authority

The Fair Competition Alliance today filed public comments with the Federal Communications Commission in response to petitions from Chattanooga Electric Power Board and the city of Wilson, NC asking the FCC to intervene to preempt state government authority over municipal broadband … Continue reading

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Opaque OPALCO not the solution for Island broadband

This well-reasoned, well-documented op-ed from OPALCO members, Chris and Chom Greacens, is a must read for members of the Orcas Power and Light Cooperative who want to understand the risks associated with their electric co-op’s proposal to build and deliver … Continue reading

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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 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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OPALCO broadband initiative questioned

OPALCO democratic principles tested by broadband initiative | Guest column by Gray Cope – Journal of the San Juan Islands.  

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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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