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The Emerging World of Broadband Public–Private Partnerships: A Business Strategy and Legal Guide

Location:
Benton Foundation, 727 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL, 60202, United States
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It is an era of unprecedented interest in broadband as a platform of economic and community development. Advanced communications networks are increasingly recognized as a growing engine for economic activity, democratic participation, healthcare, and education. Local governments, in particular, increasingly embrace opportunities to develop next-generation broadband in their communities—and to reap the many benefits that broadband will deliver to their residents and businesses. Emerging public–private partnership (P3) models present a promising alternative to the traditional “municipal broadband” or “middle mile” models for the many communities that lack the capital or expertise to deploy and operate fiber networks, or to act as Internet service providers (ISPs) on their own. These models include: 1) Public facilitation of private investment, 2) Public funding and private execution, and 2) Shared investment and risk.

Top Russian Officials Discussed How to Influence Trump Aides Last Summer

Location:
Russian Federation, Russia
Recommendation:
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In the summer of 2016, American spies collected information revealing that senior Russian intelligence and political officials were discussing how to exert influence over Donald Trump through his advisers.

Why is telecommunications taxed like a sin?

Location:
American Enterprise Institute (AEI), 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
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The way governments in the United States treat telecommunications providers, you would think that the providers’ services came with a Surgeon General warning.

Breaking down the FCC’s proposal to destroy net neutrality

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
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The first half of the Federal Communications Commission’s Restoring Internet Freedom notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) sets out the FCC majority’s proposal for reversing classification of broadband internet access services as “telecommunications services” governed by Title II of the Communications Act. The second half purports to “re-evaluate” the existing net neutrality rules, the mechanisms that enforce them and any legal authority (other than Title II) that could be used to support them.

Municipal Fiber in the United States: An Empirical Assessment of Financial Performance

Location:
University of Pennsylvania, 3730 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104, United States
Recommendation:
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The authors conducted an analysis of every municipal fiber project in the United States based on the authoritative documentation issued by the cities, specifically the official legal disclosures filed with securities regulators when issuing municipal bonds and their audited financial statements.

Frontier CAF Investments Support Broadband Expansion in Four States

Location:
WV, United States

Approximately 140,000+ rural homes across four states -- West Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee -- have improved broadband access, due in part to Frontier and the Federal Communications Commission’s Connect America Fund (CAF) investments.

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