Upcoming Webinar: Nationalizing 5G? Making Sense of This Proposal

Wed, Oct 21, 2020 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT The idea of nationalizing 5G seems to be resurfacing again, with DoD recently publishing a Request for Information exploring ways in which it can own and operate a 5G network. With concerns being raised from members of Congress and industry experts alike, it is important […]

Morning Consult: Implications of a Government-Run 5G Network

The Pentagon’s recent Request for Information resurfaces a costly and unfeasible idea that the Trump administration has considered in the past: a government-built and operated 5G network. Calls for a nationalized 5G network are motivated both by a national security and an economic component. Besides the obvious and concerning fact that it would require billions of new tax dollars […]

Inside Sources: Study Meant to Promote Municipally Owned Broadband Actually Does the Opposite

With the COVID-19 pandemic highlighting the persistent “digital divide” between low-income and rural Americans and the rest of the country, Congress is poised to allocate significant funding for broadband expansion. How it does so, however, will have a big effect on consumers and taxpayers. One strategy is to encourage municipalities to build and operate their […]

Real Clear Policy: Government-Owned Internet Can’t Be Counted on to Help the Underserved

On March 21st, the Maine Legislature announced the approval of $15 million in broadband Internet funding for rural and underserved areas. The intention is to expand broadband infrastructure, which will ultimately lead to economic development, and provide benefits like telemedicine to underserved communities. But the proposal is only a mere tactic that uses the current […]

FORBES: Government Broadband Bad for Consumers

On September 21st, President Barack Obama’s Broadband Opportunity Council released its first report. The council outlined four main recommendations for promoting broadband, but the council’s report was also notable for what it left out – any specific mention of municipally-run broadband services. The omission was particularly stunning considering the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), led by […]

Municipal Broadband Failure

For years now, many city and local governments have gotten into the municipal broadband game—spending taxpayer dollars to create broadband networks that hope to compete with private providers. The goal of these programs was to build an Internet service that replaces the need for private investment, usually with the help municipal tax dollars. The municipal […]

Easy to Build But Prone to Serious Losses

With enough IT engineering talent, equipment, and access to an Internet network access point or other interconnection agreements, any community can build a government broadband network.  With a coherent and stable set of goals, and with the right quality and amount of management and technical staff, anyone can operate a community broadband network.  But that’s […]