Broadband Internet access is NOT like rural electrification

In belated response to specious arguments like those from the Roosevelt Institute on behalf of public broadband schemes, remember that fiber and broadband Internet access is not like rural electrification in the 1930s … in several important ways.

Possibly the most important way in which they are different is that rural electrification was accomplished as a monopoly enterprise. Whether delivered by public or private providers, electricity was in the 1930s and continues today to be most successfully delivered by monopoly providers.

Telecommunications and broadband Internet provision is not being designed and built upon a blank slate; aspiring government providers will not be delivering services as monopoly providers.

Government plans that ignore this key characteristic of the 21st century landscape place their rate-paying or tax-paying constituents at great long-term financial risk.

For demonstrations of how this model is working so far see articles on Ashland Fiber Net, UTOPIA, Chelan PUD Fiber, and most recently Groton, CT.


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2 Responses to Broadband Internet access is NOT like rural electrification

  1. Lily says:

    My Hillsboro internet service provider has been awesome, despite the fact that I live in a rural area. So whether it be fiber optic or cable, or really don’t care as long as I have a fast connection. 🙂

  2. Pingback: Rural broadband is [not] just like electricity | Fair Competition Alliance – Broadband

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