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USDA announces another round of rural broadband funding

USDA announces another round of rural broadband funding through its Community Connect program. Go here for the rules for this round. In its announcement the department notes: In addition to Community Connect grants, USDA Rural Development provides loans and loan guarantees … 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 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-owned networks neither compelling nor wise, says new research

Recent research work from New York Law School’s Advanced Communications Law and Policy Institute deconstructs five current arguments for government-owned broadband networks. In Evaluating the Rationales for Government-Owned Broadband Networks authors and Institute directors Charles M. Davidson and Michael J. Santorelli … 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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