There is no arguing access to high speed broadband is necessary for Georgia businesses to thrive. Lawmakers should look for ways to enhance access, but it clear that GONs are not always the best Nike Air Force Black And Yellow
Government is no exception. The federal government ran a $1.3 trillion deficit last year. Forty two states, including Georgia, faced down budget deficits for fiscal year 2012 and counties and cities are in fiscal pain too. In this climate, policymakers first duty is to protect taxpayers by ensuring scarce public dollars are spent only on top priorities and projects that benefit the majority of constituents.
Louie Hunter Legislature should update 'GON' law
Poll any Georgian today and they tell you: money is tight. enters its fourth year of economic turmoil, it seems everyone is strapped for cash.
Here in Georgia, there was Marietta FiberNet, a project to bring Marietta into the Internet service market. The city spent $35 million to build and maintain its network, but eventually sold it eight years after it started at a $24 million loss to taxpayers.
sector has simply not yet decided if it is profitable to invest yet. Sometimes it is not and GONs are Nike Air Force Mid Wheat
This is the principle at the heart of a bill introduced by Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R Woodstock). Rogers bill would update Georgia laws regulating government owned communications networks, often called
in direct competition with privately operated networks.
solution for taxpayers or businesses.
Though faced with tightening balance sheets, too many local governments have opted to fund large scale, costly and often unnecessary public broadband networks. These networks not only put taxpayers at risk, they may stifle added economic investment into an area.
Chicago and Philadelphia have walked away from plans to build and operate municipal networks after the costs became too great.
Let look at the facts from another state. According to a recent study by Joseph P. At $350 per month, it is out of the price range of most consumers, and the financial situation of the fiber optic system is dire. An examination of the 2010 EPB annual report reveals assets of negative $16.8 million a decrease of more than $3.8 million from 2009. It has $57 million in notes payable and assets of only $52.9 million.
In order to give public broadband networks the best chance at financial success, the local governments that build them often give them tax and regulatory advantages. These advantages create an uneven playing field. So if a private network already exists it will be less profitable (and thus create fewer jobs and make fewer investments in the local economy). More problematic is that it makes it virtually certain private networks will never move into unserved areas. Why would a private business choose to compete unfairly with the government when it can take its investment dollars elsewhere? Public broadband networks stifle competition and keep well paying, private telecom jobs out of cities.
Rogers bill would require local governments especially those in areas already served by the private market to ask more questions Nike Air Force 1 Womens Sale before investing taxpayer dollars in GONs. Other states, including North Carolina, have passed similar legislation.
Some policymakers argue GONs are necessary to bring broadband to areas unserved by the private sector. Sometimes this is true the private Nike Air Force Shoes For Girls
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