Good reasions to Kill it. Community or better state own broadband is anti competitive. The municipality sets itself as an monopoly using their power to tax and create legislation I.e set prices and service where private firms must raise voluntary private capital.
For example If I wanted to set up Hank Rearden cable company to compete with Local government Broadband. Already I am running in to barriers as I must raise my own capital where the Municipality can use their taxing authority (borrowing is just pushing the bill by borrowing on predicted future tax revenue) to raise capital. Worst Municipality can legislate the cost I can charge, where I can serve, the level of service, zoning and easement. While at the same time the government could subsidize and offer the service below my cost by costing shifting some of the price toborrowing or new taxes, as in the case of proposing a tax on cell phone usage.
Bull, private doesn't have to raise money via investors, they do it so they can stick with the "spending others money" and come out successful or failed with everything they started with.
How many failed corporations exist where the people at the top go packing with millions or billions of debt? It's big scam of a shell game.
Say no to JAMS!
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said by Scatcatpdx:Not if they offer wholesale broadband access and allow multiple providers to provide retail broadband services.
Community or better state own broadband is anti competitive.
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As is the case throughout America, what happens when "Hank Rearden cable company" does not want to serve a Municipality? Should these millions of Americans just sit there waiting for her-corporate-majesty to deem them worthy of service.
Doesn't end there, "Hank Rearden cable company" not only does not want to serve an area but they are willing to spend millions on lobbying to prevent the same Municipality from installing their own network.
This is corporate fascism at its best.