Originally Posted by Huzzbutt
My take on it, infrastructure overall is that the best way to keep it running is to keep the infrastructure state owned with laws keeping the cost at well cost. Theres no way you can have true competition if Company A decides to not got to city x because company b is already there and the population is to small to support both of them. This goes for shared infrastructure too, one company jacks up the rates and the other ones are thrown out of the game. The situation is simple, companies don't compete, they claim land much like in the goldrush.
That might work for small towns, but there are several flaws to that logic.
1. Competition drives innovation and leads to progress. Having a large city run soley on a muni network might be good at the start, since it would likely be better that what is currently available, but it wouldn't ever get upgraded when the need arises.
2. Muni networks would be good for small towns where the ROI isn't good enough for a large ISP to invest in it, however you still end up with large ISPs blocking the muni networks, even in places they don't provide service to already.
for example, Current washington state law does not allow ports or public utility districts to sell access to their lines directly to the public, and most ISPs that spring up on these lines are too small to expand and often end up consolidating into one as they all go out of business.
Last year the state was looking at a bill, HB1711, which would amend the law and allow PUDs and ports to sell access in areas where they have lines and there are no services offered already. The bill didnt go through because there wasnt enough push and too much opposition from big ISPs.
Obviously, big ISPs have a right to be worried about not being able to compete with Muni networks, since they are not-for-profit, but its even harder to compete with it if you don't offer service to begin with, now isn't it?
Wanna know why i know all this? There is a PUD owned Fiber Optic line 150ft from my front door, but because of current state law, im still stuck with 1.3mb/s on centurylink