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9/20/2019 | 12:40:24 PM
Stick it to the man
Excluding for-profit companies from Federal broadband grant programs reflects a certain ideology. It's the mirror image of some states' anti-muni broadband laws. Policy makers are biting off their noses to spite their faces.

As noted, small Tier-3s with existing strand can upgrade copper plant to FTTH at minimal cost to their rural customers, but lack the capital to do so.

Subsidies to Tier-1s, to fill the high-cost holes in their footprints are sometimes a lower cost, lower risk solution than a greenfield municipal build. The towns of Montague and Hardwick, in Sen. Warren's home state, are an excellent example (see https://broadband.masstech.org/news-and-resources/procurements/rfq-cable-system-extensions).

The objective should be to get adequate broadband access to every location as soon as possible, at the lowest reasonable cost and lowest risk.  Sometimes the best way to get there is a public-private partnership with an incumbent. "It does not matter whether a cat is black or white, only that it catches mice".
9/20/2019 | 11:21:39 AM
Communism has never worked, and never will
America's Democrats are basically SOCIALISTS now.  They want to turn America into Venezuela.  Do you think the starving masses of Venezuela, who are forced to eat garbage care about the internet?

Let's just say NO to failure and ideas that have never worked.  Let's stick with the greatest modern president...

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