EU Says No To Muni-Fiber Effort

from the not-allowed dept

Despite massive telco lobbying efforts in the US, it looks like the US Senate at least recognizes that states shouldn't ban cities from offering muni broadband networks (the question of city vs. state vs. federal regulatory arguments is a discussion for a different post). However, in Europe, it looks like they might be going in the other direction. The EU has told a Dutch town that it cannot move forward on a muni-fiber network, because it represents unfair competition to private companies. We tend to agree that muni networks don't always make the most sense, but if the people want it, it seems a bit silly to have a non-local government tell them they can't have it. From the description in the article, it actually sounds like the plans for this muni-fiber offering were done like other smart deployments. That is, it's not a "government run utility," but rather a fiber network that any provider could then offer service over. In other words, it's not what most people immediately think of when they hear "muni-broadband." This isn't about the city offering service -- but about them offering infrastructure to private service providers. For fiber networks, this remains a smart plan -- as it involves creating real competition without overbuilding infrastructure. Instead, the town will have fewer competitors and more infrastructure -- even though they wanted it the other way around. It's a recipe for much more limited, but still more expensive, service.
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  1. identicon
    less is more, 20 Jul 2006 @ 9:04am

    Re: government competition

    (sorry for the long wind, just got going and didn't know when to stop)

    The problem with we, the people, allowing any bureaucracy to compete in the market is that they have an unfair, immoral advantage over all others: They use funds that they extorted from everyone in the area as seed money. If only just ONE person has no desire, or need for the service, mail/web/trash pickup, they are still coerced into paying for the service and a little bit of their freedom is taken away.

    Do you go to your next door neighbor and put a gun to his head and gently ask him to pay for your cable bill every month? That is technically what you do when you support public funding of any special interest.

    Probably 50-60% of the fruits of our labor are extracted for services that we may, or may not want. Think about it.. not just fed/state/local income tax, but every little extra tax on services. Especially the hidden income taxes on that are added on at every step of the way to a product being brough to market. These just end up being passed on to all of us in higher prices.

    I suggest anyone reading this pick up the book by Mary Ruwart: Healing our world. (there's an older version of the book in electronic form or her website) Maybe it will open someone's eyes.. It did for me. (and 'Good to be King' by Michael Badnarik)
    I'm so sorry that I supported the facist & socialist regimes and that my wants and desires may have resulted in extortion and or physical injury of someone, up to and including death by "finger men" for refusing to vacate their property because protection money was not paid to the mafia boss.

    Spoken like someone who has it made? (hell, I'm as bad as the Fed with my money, broke as can be and upside down, but I'll never make someone else pay my bills, it's my responsibility)

    "This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector." - Plato

    "If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy." - U.S. President James Madison

    "Terrorism is the best political weapon for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death". - Adolph Hitler

    "The easiest way to gain control of a population is to carry out acts of terror. [The public] will clamor for such laws if their personal security is threatened". - Josef Stalin

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