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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.
Annual Privatization Report 2013 examines local government privatization trendsMay 6, 2013
This section of Reason Foundation's Annual Privatization Report 2013 provides an overview of the latest on privatization and public-private partnerships in local government. Topics include:
A. Mayor Emanuel Establishes Chicago Infrastructure Trust
B. Public-Private Partnerships for Parking Assets
C. Yonkers, New York Pursuing Innovative School Partnership Approach
D. City of Austin Releases Surprising Outsourcing Study
E. Georgia Contract Cities Continue to Evolve
F. Finding New Ways to Provide Parks and Recreation Amenities
G. Water and Wastewater Privatization Update
H. Solid Waste Collection Update
I. Non-Profit Partnerships for Animal Shelters Grow
J. ANALYSIS: Is Managed Competition Dead in San Diego?
K. ANALYSIS: San Diego, San Jose Lead the Way in Local Pension Reform
L. ANALYSIS: Despite Glossy Reports, Muni Broadband is Still a Net Money Loser
M. Local Government Privatization News and Notes
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, recently passed through the House of Representatives and is on its way to the Senate. The bill is supposed to help companies and government work together to help fight cyber attacks. However, it poses some real threats to Americans’ Fourth Amendment privacy protections.
My new policy brief urges the Federal Communications Commission to get on with the business of allocating the necessary spectrum to meet the burgeoning demand for wireless services.
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