reply to silbaco
Re: Muni This was already tried. Incumbents own all the major backbone feeds and peering points. As soon as someone competes with them in a single market they raise the backhaul rates until they can bankrupt them. Most of the start ups in the 90s found this out the hard way.
No private company CAN compete with a monopoly. They have regulatory capture and they can use their extensive investments to destroy any private company in a single market. Nothing stopping them....
A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the corporations discover that money can elect representatives to vote themselves a monopoly, buy media to blame 'The Godless' and forced price inflation on the public.
True enough. But muni's are not any more immune to this problem than anyone else.
reply to whiteshp
There are literally thousands of independent ISPs in the USA. It's not that difficult. The incumbents have a shrinking amount of relevance when it comes to the Internet too.