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openbox9
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Re: This is actually really interesting

said by baineschile:

but would they only let one incumbant per area? I cant ever see the government going to private companies and saying "you have to spend a lot of capital wiring an area that you have deemed not profitable (or else is would have been wired already)
It can be done through a regulated monopoly, guaranteeing profits. Think Ma Bell all over again.


baineschile
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Would you have a regulateed monopoly over choice?

openbox9
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I've never stated that. I've only suggested regulated monopolies when requests for governments to enter marketplaces have come up potentially at the expense of taxpayers. I will say that for the relatively small population in the US that doesn't have access to any service, that something needs to be done.


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A more realistic question, given the state of the american market would be

"Would you rather have regulated monopoly or largely unregulated duopoly"

and it isn't clear that regulated monopoly would be worse. We would prefer, in an ideal world, to have robust competition with many choices, but wishing doesn't mean it is likely to ever be an american reality.
And no, there is no reason to believe that "getting the government out of it" is going to get us there either. That is a romantic dream with little supporting empirical evidence.