Techdirt Podcast Episode 9: Is Muni Broadband A Monopoly Killer Or A Killer Monopoly?

from the the-debate-rages-on dept

Just this morning we wrote about a newly proposed bill that would stop states from blocking municipal broadband. This comes just a few weeks after President Obama similarly proposed having the FCC pre-empt state efforts to block cities from offering up their own broadband service. Muni broadband is often seen as a way to fight oligopolistic control of the broadband market by letting local communities offer another competitor (and often better, cheaper service). Critics, however, argue that local governments shouldn't be competing with private companies, and we shouldn't have governments getting into the broadband space at all. At the same time, they worry about the federal government stepping in to block states from making their own laws (though they don't seem to express similar concern about states blocking municipalities from making their own decisions). This week on the Techdirt podcast, we discuss municipal broadband and whether it's good government interference in the market, adding competition against incumbent legacy providers, or bad government interference in the market.

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Filed Under: broadband, muni broadband, municipal broadband


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    Seegras (profile), 29 Jan 2015 @ 12:52am

    Competition, why not?

    The way I see it, a ban for communities to operate and offer their own infrastructure, is a blatant effort of companies to kill off the competition.

    Why shouldn't I be able to group up with some other people with the aim of providing ourselves our own infrastructure? That's free market. Banning people from competing is not. If a company comes in and can offer better services, well good for them and for us.

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