The Salt Lake Tribune reports…
Now that Washington’s about to pass the infrastructure bill (“The American Jobs Plan”), it is critical that the truth about open access municipal broadband networks be told: They work; they are successful; they spur competition; they are closing the digital divide.
They also are an irritant to big cable and its allies, whose henchmen have been busy at work in a well-financed lobbying campaign, trying to derail the process to ensure that a good portion of the potential $65 billion-plus for broadband reverts to them.
In a commentary carried by Fox News on June 13, Rep. John Curtis, from Utah’s 3rd Congressional District, claimed that municipal networks “don’t work,” are ineffective ways to extend broadband access, and “not capable of the investment risk.” Worse, he said that municipal networks have failed in Utah.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
The inconvenient truth that Curtis misses is that municipal fiber is hugely successful in Utah, even in his own district.
You can read the full story for the details. I have herd people refer to municipal networks in Minnesota in the same way so I thought this might be a good reminder. There are many ways to define success in the public sector – getting residents what they need is a big part of the equation.