Why There's A Need For Municipal Broadband
from the muni-money-and-mayhem dept
Glenn Fleishman points to a Washington Monthly article that does an excellent job of highlighting why there’s a need in the US for municipal broadband services — because incumbent providers do an inadequate job of serving many communities, and regulators let them get away with it. Both the original article and Fleishman’s post point out examples of incumbent providers refusing to invest in offering services wanted and needed in some place, and also the double-standard the companies have when they object to localities spending public money to compete with them, but gladly accept all kinds of tax breaks, subsidies and incentives from local governments to support their own businesses. The lack of real competition in the broadband market has allowed it to stagnate and lets providers get away with subpar offerings and high prices. Clearly the current regulatory situation isn’t doing anything to spark competition — far from it — leaving underserved localities little option but to jump into things themselves. It’s not a question of free markets or government interference; incumbent providers just don’t want to have to compete, period, regardless of who is their rival.