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Lawrence J. Spiwak, Problems With Government-Sponsored Broadband Expansion, Bloomberg Law (September 25, 2020).
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T. Randolph Beard, George S. Ford, Lawrence J. Spiwak, and Michael Stern, The Law and Economics of Municipal Broadband, 73 Federal Communications Law Journal 1 (2020).
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PHOENIX CENTER POLICY PERSPECTIVE No. 20-06:
George S. Ford, The Open Technology Institute’s Cost of Connectivity 2020 Report: A Critical Review (July 20, 2020).
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George S. Ford and R. Alan Seals, The Rewards of Municipal Broadband: An Econometric Analysis of the Labor Market, PHOENIX CENTER POLICY PAPER No. 54 (May 2019).
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George S. Ford, Should Electric Co-Ops Provide Broadband? Federalist Society Blog (March 21, 2019).
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George S. Ford, Opelika Gets a Day of Reckoning With OPS ONE Deal, OANow.com (October 22, 2018).
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George S. Ford, Kentucky Wired – Get Out, And Get Out Now, TheLevisaLazer.com (March 26, 2018).
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Lawrence J. Spiwak, Federal Monopoly Is A Way To Degrade — Not Enhance — Broadband Development, The Hill (February 21, 2018).
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PHOENIX CENTER POLICY PERSPECTIVE No. 18-01:
George S. Ford, A Review of the Berkman Center’s Price Survey of Municipal Broadband Markets (January 24, 2018).
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George S. Ford, Public Broadband Projects Can Leave Taxpayers Holding The Bag, AL.com (August 30, 2017).
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PHOENIX CENTER POLICY PERSPECTIVE No. 17-11:
George S. Ford, Financial Implications of Opelika’s Municipal Broadband Network (August 24, 2017).
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George S. Ford, Is Now the Right Time to Expand Opelika's Broadband Service? AL.com (April 11, 2017).
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Lawrence J. Spiwak, Cities Can't Just Ignore Federal Law On Utility Poles, The Hill (September 7, 2016).
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Lawrence J. Spiwak, FCC Chairman Doubles Down on Political Hubris After Court Decision, The Hill (August 22, 2016).
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George S. Ford, Questionable Economic Benefits of Chattanooga’s Gig, The Tennessean (August 17, 2016).
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Lawrence J. Spiwak, How Municipal Broadband Railroads Due Process, Bloomberg BNA (May 18, 2016).
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PHOENIX CENTER POLICY PERSPECTIVE No. 16-03:
George S. Ford, Are Government-Owned Networks Abusing Market Power in the Set-Top Box Market? A Review of Rates (April 14, 2016).
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George S. Ford, The Impact of Government-Owned Broadband Networks on Private Investment and Consumer Welfare, State Government Leadership Foundation (April 6, 2016).
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Lawrence J. Spiwak, The FCC’s New Municipal Broadband Preemption Order Is Too Clever by Half, Bloomberg BNA (April 10, 2015).
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Lawrence J. Spiwak, Why the FCC Can’t Preempt States on Muni-Broadband, Bloomberg BNA (February 20, 2015).
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Phoenix Center Teleforum:
Federalism, Preemption and Municipal Broadband" (January 22, 2015).
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PHOENIX CENTER POLICY PERSPECTIVE No. 15-01:
George S. Ford, Why Chattanooga is not the “Poster Child” for Municipal Broadband (January 20, 2015).
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Lawrence J. Spiwak, FCC Has No Authority to Preempt State Municipal Broadband Laws, Bloomberg BNA (August 6, 2014).
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PHOENIX CENTER POLICY PERSPECTIVE No. 14-01:
George S. Ford, Do Municipal Networks Offer More Attractive Service Offerings than Private Sector Providers? A Review and Expansion of the Evidence (January 27, 2014).
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