Telcos Love Muni Broadband — When They Provide It
from the take-that dept
Telcos’ doublespeak on municipal broadband projects is pretty staggering. Time and time again, they’ve raised their objections to muni projects, then turned around and bid on them. The latest occurance is in Silicon Valley, where AT&T plans to bid on the wireless network several local governments there are planning, despite its long-running opposition to muni projects. But, have no fear, AT&T’s getting a taste of its own medicine, no matter how small: a few small cities in Illinois wanted to build their own fiber network a few years back, but SBC then derided fiber as an “unproven technology” and saying that 20 Mbps was more bandwidth than anybody could need… Only to turn around and decide it wanted to roll out its fiber-to-the-home service in the area. Now, a couple of the cities have blocked the plans, citing some legitimate concerns about the rollout skipping their local franchise rules with cable operators. One alderman, though, calls AT&T out for its flop-flop on fiber, but don’t expect the company to be too forthcoming with anything but more doubletalk.