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My Representative finally responded after I noted in a follow-up email on how he voted:
said by Rep. Faircloth :
Thank you for your interest and concern about broadband service. I am glad to know that an option you have from North State Communications can be had at a reasonable price and in an acceptable package. That is exactly how the system should work. Where a market exists, private enterprise will generally choose to do business in that area with the service that competition demands.
The bill we adopted provides every opportunity for local governments to either provide service, to enter into public-private projects with companies who are experts in the field, or to leave the broadband business to the private market. The only way that public entities can offer comparable service at the same rates, higher grade service or lower priced comparable service is with public subsidies from taxpayers. They can, however, do it without subsidies by following the same financial models that private companies must adhere to. That is what the bill requires.
I have broadband service at up to 20.0 Mbps available at very good rates from my telephone cooperative in the rather remote Carolina mountains, and my neighbors are not required to pay any extra tax to subsidize my service. I cannot rationalize asking my fellow citizens in the Triad, who do not need or choose to use a publicly funded system, to help pay for my service. Where there is a private provider of services, my feeling is that government has no business competing.
I am sorry that you and I may not agree on this issue. I have seen far too many examples of government entrepreneurs who like to reach into taxpayers pockets to fund everything from bus services to competitive recreational facilities. In the long run, if there is a demand for a service that can be delivered at a competitive rate, the market will deliver.
Thanks again for you interest and your opinions. I sincerely honor both.
Rep. John Faircloth
NC House of Representatives, District 61 Guilford County
300 N. Salisbury St., Room 306 A3, Raleigh NC, 27603-5925
Phone: 919-733-5877 John.Faircloth@ncleg.net