reply to Telco
Re: Muni broadband is an option
said by Telco:Setting aside blowhards like Rush or Beck (of which the left has its fair share, e.g., Olbermann) most Republicans are not philosophically opposed to municipal broadband. My old hometown deployed free wi-fi all over the place with a GOP mayor and GOP controlled city council. We had a municipal power grid that has been in place for decades and none of the Republicans in town wanted to get rid of/privatize it.
This is common sense but not a single Republican will go for it, as it goes against their idiotic ideology against government.
I lean Republican and I have no problem with cities, townships, and villages deploying municipal broadband when the private market fails to deliver. I would have a serious problem with the Feds or State coming in and doing it -- it would wind up being heavy handed, not tailored to our needs, cost ten times as much, deliver half the service, and have customer service responsiveness along the lines of your local DMV.
Make it happen at the local level and few Republicans will object. Doing it at the local level also keeps it from being held hostage to political machines as tends to happen at the State or Federal level. Your only issue here is State Legislatures trying to prohibit it from happening when they receive donations from big telco/cableco, but that's a bi-partisan effort as noted elsewhere and beyond the scope of this discussion.