Several municipalities across the country have taken steps to deploy government-run broadband networks in their cities. Policymakers and local officials considering doing the same are advised to learn from the experiences in other cities and to evaluate thoroughly the potential risks and costs of municipal broadband ventures, not just the desired benefits.
Following are 10 questions local leaders should consider before diving into the broadband market.
The Digital Policy Institute shares the vision of the National Broadband Plan that Internet service should be universally accessible, affordable, and reliable. While government-owned networks can serve a role in areas where there are no other providers, DPI urges policymakers to proceed with caution and evaluate the benefits along with the risks.
— Barry Umansky, Professor of Telecommunications, Ball State University, and Senior Fellow, Digital Policy Institute (DPI) at Ball State University; and Robert Yadon, Professor of Information and Communication Sciences, Ball State University, and Director, DPI.