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Coalition for the New Economy: Advancing Broadband: Private investments continue to get the job done

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

According to a March 2013 report by Charles Davidson and Michael Santorelli at New York University Law School, private broadband providers invested more than $1 trillion in broadband between 1996 and 2010 and $66 billion in 2011. Despite the proliferation in government-owned broadband networks, the private sector is still the primary driving force behind the advancement of broadband. Here are just a few recent investments we’ve noticed:

  • Sling Broadband, which offers “fast and flexible Internet solutions to businesses,” will soon launch a nationwide network. According to a press release, “Effective June 1st, 2013, the company will offer Metro-Ethernet, T1, Dedicated Internet Access, Business VoIP and Hosted PBX services in 71 new market areas across 29 states from coast to coast.”
  • According to CBS Atlanta, the “Stockbridge City Council voted 5-0 to allow a Community Broadband out of Savannah to come in and build a new internet broadband system at no cost to taxpayers. It’s a $15 million investment for the company. The hope is that people will buy the service when it’s available.”
  • Android Community writes, “We have seen plenty of 4G LTE expansion news coming from AT&T lately. We have seen several announcements this month alone and as of today we have word of expanded coverage across ten states. This latest LTE expansion includes coverage for those in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Washington.”
  • Also according to Android Community, Verizon 4G LTE is “approaching [the] 500 markets milestone …”
  • In Massachusetts, “Verizon Wireless recently expanded fourth generation (4G) Long Term Evolution (LTE) network coverage in several communities within Middlesex, Norfolk and Worcester Counties.”

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