said by mlcarson:
The people of NC in poorly served areas just got screwed.
Yeah, I would agree that the definition of "underserved" is too strict.
The law should have simply stated that all ISP's will be notified of any muni efforts and such efforts will be immediately halted if any ISP is interested in providing the same service in the same time period. That's your even playing field. If they're not interested in providing the stated service -- they should forfeit any say in the matter.
Well, it kind of does say that. It says that munis must put out an RFP and actively seek private company bids on their service proposal and transparently evaluate and accept proposals that meet their needs, before starting a MuSP (Municipal Service Provider). The MuSP must also pay the equivalent of the taxes and fees that an ISP would pay when comparing proposals. If they don't get an acceptable private bid, they can start the MuSP process.