Re: @donn bly - you seem quick to forget
"Put another way, they demonstrably weren't investing beforehand, so any argument that municipal broadband stops them investing is purest bullsh*t"
Uh, no. Consumers pay more once the bureaucrats gets involved.
"In a new economic analysis released today entitled Do Municipal Networks Offer More Attractive Service Offerings than Private Sector Providers? A Review and Expansion of the Evidence, Phoenix Center Chief Economist Dr. George S. Ford evaluates claims by the New America Foundation and the Consumer Federation of America that municipal wireline broadband service providers offer much more attractive triple-play prices than do commercial broadband service providers.
"As Dr. Ford demonstrates, the alleged price differentials between the public and private sector are the direct and sole consequence of New America and Consumer Federation improperly comparing the prices of unlike bundles. After correcting for New America's and Consumer Federation's numerous factual and technical errors, Dr. Ford shows that, in actuality, municipal systems typically charge consumers substantially more than their private-sector rivals for very similar triple-play offerings. Dr. Ford's analysis also suggests that the competitive price for a fairly standard triple-play service is about $100 in the U.S., and the expansion of municipal provision of broadband service won't alone alter that reality."