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Georgia politicians not getting the message on school choice

By   /  January 12, 2017  /  Education Blog, Georgia  /  No Comments

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Kyle Wingfield wonders how much clearer Georgia voters need to make it that they are in favor of more school choice, because the state’s politicians don’t seem to be taking notice. “The electorate could hardly speak more clearly about the issue,” he writes. “The latest cry comes from the AJC’s pre-legislative session poll, which […]

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Georgia broadband committee suggests tax breaks, regulatory overhaul

By   /  January 6, 2017  /  Georgia, News, Regulations, Taxes, Technology  /  No Comments

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The lawmakers on that committee held a final meeting at the state Capitol in late December to approve the report they have since sent to the full legislature that’s intended as a road map for possible legislative action in 2017.

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Legislatures may look to eliminate broadband equipment tax in 2017

By   /  December 28, 2016  /  Alabama, Georgia, National, News, Technology  /  No Comments

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  As lawmakers look for ways to spur broadband expansion into rural areas, one potential aid to that goal keeps popping up: the elimination of the sales tax on telecom equipment. Nearly half of the states (23, to be exact) exempt tax on equipment that providers purchase to build and operate internet networks, but some […]

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College football meccas are no havens for homesharing

By   /  December 23, 2016  /  Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, News, Ohio, Regulations, South Carolina, Washington  /  No Comments

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Alabama is the heavy favorite to win this year’s college football playoff, with Clemson, Ohio State and Washington looking to unseat the defending champion Crimson Tide. But fans of the challengers can take some solace in knowing the University of Alabama’s hometown of Tuscaloosa is dead last in at least one category — homesharing. Considering many […]

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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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Georgia broadband panel holds final meeting in advance of legislative report

By   /  November 14, 2016  /  Georgia, News, Technology  /  No Comments

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A legislative committee studying broadband in Georgia has wrapped up a series of meetings across the state and will prepare a report of recommendations to the full legislature next month.

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