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Re: Watching this closely.
said by tshirt:You are missing the point: there is no real competition in broadband between telco DSL, Fios, or cable. Satellite is a joke, and 4G broadband will cost you a 2nd mortgage if you attempt to use it. The reason this country is so far behind on broadband speeds (compared globally) isn't because there's a lot of square miles here. If that was the case then dense cities would have affordable 1Gps connections available as default for consumers. No, the real reason is because the providers aren't competing. There is no real competition.
if we were to attempt to build out the US purely from Muni's the timeline, based on utopia's progress would be in the 20-30 year range, where private solutions, (in particular cable) now reaches a high percentage of homes and with proper incentives could be all D3(or better) within 10 years at (looking at today's speeds) able to serve MOST people with speeds to the 100's of Mbps (Comcast is rumor to be offering 300/?, soon)
So i guess it's a choice between waiting a long time for Muni Gbit, or accept that each solutions helps and seeing most of the US at useful speeds within this decade.
In addition, the telco duopoloy is waiting for government hand outs to help subsidize broadband deployment, especially in rural areas. Why should we provide tax payer money to these private corporations and not seriously consider muni broadband deployment? At least with muni it is an investment in the community, and the end result is fast speeds at an affordable price.