The growth of municipal broadband networks

Owen DeLong owen at
Sun Mar 27 19:16:58 CDT 2011

On Mar 27, 2011, at 12:35 AM, Michael Painter wrote:

> Owen DeLong wrote:
>> On Mar 26, 2011, at 11:36 PM, Jay Ashworth wrote:
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>>> From: "Owen DeLong" <owen at>
>>>> As such, I'm sure that such a move would be vocally opposed by
>>>> the current owners of the LMI who enjoy leveraging it to extort
>>>> monopolistic pricing from substandard services.
>>> As I noted, yes, that's Verizontal, and they have apparently succeeded
>>> in lobbying to have it made *illegal* in several states.  I don't have
>>> citations to hand, but there are a couple sites that track muni fiber;
>>> I can find some.
>>> Cheers,
>>> -- jra
>> Laws can be changed if we can get enough momentum behind
>> doing the right thing.
>> Owen

Yes, that's the reality we're faced with... The question is how do we
overcome it and resolve the situation in the public interest. We can
either work to resolve the problem, or, accept it as fait acompli and
wear the yoke of corporate slavery for the rest of our lives. I, personally,
prefer to look for alternatives.


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