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Study: Lack of competition, barriers to entry result in higher broadband rates

By   /  November 30, 2016  /  Alabama, National, News, Technology  /  No Comments

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“Combined, these barriers potentially give incumbent providers market power, and may allow them to charge prices that exceed those that would be charged in a fully competitive marketplace,” Mahoney and Rafert write.

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Broadband consultants collect hefty fees as they push taxpayer-supported networks

By   /  November 21, 2016  /  Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, National, News, Technology  /  No Comments

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“They already want to create a government-owned network,” said David Williams, president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, “they’re just looking for confirmation.”

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Gulfport aquarium might not meet attendance projections

By   /  November 10, 2016  /  Alabama, Budget and Spending, Crony Capitalism, Economy, Jobs + Growth, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Two taxpayer-funded coast attractions have fallen short of their attendance projections and that doesn’t bode well for a planned Gulfport aquarium.

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Oops! Huntsville says it didn’t mean to appropriate $528K to Google Fiber

By   /  October 4, 2016  /  Alabama, News, Technology  /  No Comments

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“No appropriation went to Google Fiber,” she said. “That was a mislabel.”

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Alabama approves first charter school

By   /  September 22, 2016  /  Alabama, Education Blog  /  No Comments

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The Alabama Public Charter School Commission has approved the first charter school in the state, which will be opened by the Mobile Area Education Foundation. “We just consider this to be another option for our community that we need,” said CEO Carolyn Akers. The Accel school plans to open in August 2017 with 300 students, expanding to 350 in five […]

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State senators urge officials to work with ISPs to expand Alabama broadband

By   /  September 19, 2016  /  Alabama, News, Technology  /  No Comments

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“Americans understand there also are opportunity costs to government internet — that is, investing tax dollars in public broadband could put other priorities at risk,” Scofield and Smitherman wrote.

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