Re: Private monopolies failed to deliver fiber. Now it's time for municipal broadband [te...

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On Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 3:32:02 PM UTC-4, Bill Horne wrote:
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Generally speaking, I think privately owned and operated systems
would be more efficient.  However, there are times when the private
sector has failed to deliver, and government must step in.  In the
broadband access area, it is clear there are plenty of gaps, even
in developed areas.

The greed and arrogance of the private carriers is ugly.


There are many examples of municipally owned utilities, such as
water, sewage, gas, and electricity.  I don't know what the overall
experience is in terms of service quality, reliability, customer
service, and rates.  I do know of examples of good and bad on both
sides.

For instance, one city has municipally owned gas and water (separate
departments).  The water works operates very efficiently with low
rates, despite aging pipes always breaking.  The gas works operates
poorly with very high rates, explosions, and many complaints.
Why one city department would run well and the other poorly I can't
say.

Historically, the United States was well served by a privately
owned regulated telephone system.  Other countries had government
owned telephone systems that weren't as good.  Yet in contrast, that
business model failed with Western Union and telegraph service; both
the company and regulators made bad decisions in the 1970s.

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