Muni Broadband Should Be ‘Last-Ditch Effort,’ State Republican Group Says

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Friends and foes of municipal broadband networks clashed Wednesday over who should be pre-empted—state or local governments—after a conservative state leadership group released a paper Wednesday saying municipal networks should be deployed only as a last resort. The paper, commissioned by the State Government Leadership Foundation (SGLF) and written by Phoenix Center Chief Economist George Ford, supported state laws restricting …

Study: Chattanooga broadband hurts taxpayers, local economies in other Tennessee cities

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f a business relocates to Chattanooga because of its municipal broadband, another city is hurt. People paid federal taxes to help set up Chattanooga’s municipal broadband, and residents in the losing city suffer the consequences, according to a study released Wednesday by Washington, D.C.-based State Government Leadership Foundation. As reported, Chattanooga’s Electric Power Board accepted $111 million in federal stimulus …

SGLF Study: Government Owned Broadband Networks Should Be “Last Resort”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new study from the State Government Leadership Foundation (SGLF) found that government-owned broadband networks should be a “last resort” for municipalities looking to expand Internet access. The report is timely because, all over the country, state laws that limit government ownership of broadband, due to their negative impact on consumer tax bills, competition among broadband providers …

Municipally-owned broadband networks should be a last resort, state leadership group says

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A new report from the State Government Leadership Foundation (SGLF) has taken aim at the municipal broadband movement, suggesting that networks should be the “last resort” a municipality should consider in expanding Internet access. “The debate over municipal broadband networks is heated, and a central question in the argument is how these government interventions into the business of building digital …

Economic Study Takes Aim at Muni Broadband

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Conservative policy group, the State Government Leadership Foundation (SGLF), has released an economic analysis that counts the reasons why municipal broadband should be treated with a “heavy dose of caution,” though the report comes off more as a big red “stop” sign than a flashing yellow caution light. SGLF makes it clear it is no fan of efforts by the …