Tag: Telecom

Georgia has many examples of failures where municipal governments tried to compete with the private sector to provide Internet access, telephone service, cable television and other services. Taxpayers were left holding the bag. As Bartlett Cleland of the the Institute for Policy Innovation reports below, Phildelphia is the latest example of government mission creep. The article also explains how North Carolina has wisely put in place some protections against this behavior. Philadelphia taxpayers left stranded, again, with a failed municipal wi-fi network might wish Philly was in the Tar Heel State. In spring, the North Carolina legislature debated the value of municipalities building their own wi-fi networks and decided against it.  The legislation passed and was made law by the… View Article

$7 million per household for broadband?!

A new study criticizes the Broadband Initiatives Program (funded by the 2009 federal stimulus plan) for subsidizing the construction of duplicative broadband networks and imposing high costs on taxpayers while placing private sector providers at a competitive disadvantage. Nick Schulz, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, writes in Forbes:  “No one is against expanded access to broadband. And in rural areas especially, where there might be less market incentive to provide access, maybe there’s a role for government to play. The question for prudent policymakers is how much such a project should cost and who should bear the cost. Surely there is some price that’s too high to justify expanding access.” Discussing the findings, Schulz says, “So how… View Article

The Foundation always tells the truth.

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