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Funnily enough, small-town broadband cheaper than big cable packages, say Harvard eggheads

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I read the PDF, and nowhere does it talk about average downtimes or speed of local repairs. Could be good, could be bad, but we are left wondering. Further, there is no mention about whether or not these muni networks utilize muni resources unavailable to private ISPs, such as existing utility truck fleets. Those points are never raised at all. I guess none of the studied cities ever use city trucks for their broadband services. I guess. Seems a bit sketchy for a "study."

Finally, they admit that only the bottom tier plans show cheaper rates via muni service vs private service.

So if one wants decent speed and capacity, one will not benefit from public broadband, and may pay more.

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