I'm moving to Michigan and the service for high-speed is terrible. And its a matter of big telco's using local gov't to draft rules so they are unwilling to rollout more community broadband networks.
This is a list from the maps from »www.muninetworks.org/
that gives a very clear picture what we do not having for support.
Short Explanation: Michigan requires communities to issue an RFP for a network and only build if they receive fewer than 3 qualified bids. If the community builds it, they must adhere to the terms of the RFP.
Commentary: This approach ignores the different incentives and regulatory environment applied to public vs. private entities. Requiring a community to build a network in the same manner a private company would saddles the community with the disadvantages of the private sector without giving them access to the many beneifts those in the private sector enjoy.
Statute: Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 484.2252
If zoom in you will see there are only three community based networks listed and they are all very poor in the level of speed they offer.
B. Linkin Park
E. Crystal Falls
These are local cable companies do no offer fiber to the home as a normal offering of service.
What are your thoughts on this?