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Ten Conclusions About Government Owned Broadband Internet

June 27, 2014 J

The New York University Law School’s Advanced Communications Law and Policy Institute (ACLPI) recently released a report that outlines the common problems with government-owned broadband networks (GONs). The report, authored by Charles Davidson and Michael Santorelli with contributions from several government and business leaders in cities in states that have GONs, examines 10 networks across the country. They found 10 things that are true across the board about government efforts to own internet broadband (Al Gore’s claims to patent origination, notwithstanding). Among them: it’s hard to make GON’s profitable, they don’t spur innovation or competition, they don’t reflect consumer demand, it’s hard to prove they help the economy, they have immediate opportunity costs and government can’t keep up with the private sector and the needs in the community. [Read more here]

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