Evidence Shows: Muni Broadband Doesn't Always Fail
from the well,-duh... dept
In the last few months, with all the hype over incumbent broadband service providers wasting all sorts of money (that could have gone towards deploying actual broadband) trying to convince everyone that muni broadband is the first step towards communism, one of the popular tactics used by those against muni-broadband is the claim that it always fails. They like to roll out a long list of places where it’s been attempted and failed. Of course, this is a misleading argument, as there are plenty of examples where muni-broadband has been a huge success. If something is mismanaged, then it’s no surprise it will fail. No one has ever said that muni-broadband should be allowed in all cases without a good plan and good management to make it work. However, to make the anti-muni crowd’s arguments even weaker, some researchers have gone out and checked out the various muni-broadband implementations cited as failures and discovered that many appear to be clear success stories, rather than failures.