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Subsidies for rural broadband are unnecessary, reduce competition and undermine private infrastructure investmentNovember 7, 2013
It is now possible to obtain 3Mbps or faster rates of data transfer practically anywhere, either over 4G cellular wireless, or over satellite. The National Broadband Map, commissioned by the Federal Communications Commission, shows that more than 99.9 percent of Americans have access to some form of broadband with download speed in excess of 3 Mbps. In many rural areas, such services can be delivered at significantly lower cost than through new cable or fiber lines. As a result, no more subsidies for rural broadband are needed.
Broadband isn't a monopoly-based infrastructure utility; it's an extremely competitive service businessNovember 1, 2013
For all the enthusiasm about municipal broadband, one fact remains: A great majority of systems fail. Those that survive end up falling short of their promised goals of lower prices, better service and ubiquity. One high-profile project after another—Ashland, Oregon; Provo, Utah; Tacoma, Washington—have leveraged their taxpayer funding, only to fall short of goals and end up facing a mountain of debt. This paper examines one of the largest and most publicized municipal broadband projects in the U.S.: the $160-million fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) project launched by Lafayette Utilities Service (LUS) in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Subsection of Annual Privatization Report 2013: Local Government PrivatizationMay 6, 2013
This subsection of Reason Foundation's Annual Privatization Report 2013: Local Government Privatization reviews failing attempts to implement municipal broadband.
Privatization trends in local, state and federal government, plus roads, highways, aviation, education, telecom and moreApril 1, 2013
Now in its 26th year of publication, Reason Foundation's Annual Privatization Report is the world's longest running and most comprehensive report on privatization news, developments and trends.
Annual Privatization Report 2013 (APR 2013) details the latest on privatization and government reform initiatives at all levels of government. The individual sections include:
- Air Transportation
- Surface Transportation
- Federal Government Privatization
- State Government Privatization
- Local Government Privatization
- Criminal Justice and Corrections
Funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), commonly known as the $787-billion stimulus enacted in 2009, financed public broadband buildouts in areas already served by commercial service providers.
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March 5, 2009, 2:36pm
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October 18, 2006, 2:32pm
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October 16, 2006, 1:03pm
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February 22, 2006, 4:04pm
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- More Subtle Shifts in Municipal Broadband
February 20, 2006, 8:32am
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February 9, 2006, 10:49am
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January 22, 2006, 2:16pm
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January 19, 2006, 8:50am
- Court deals Lafayette Fiber Plan a big setback
January 17, 2006, 8:19am
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January 4, 2006, 3:36pm
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