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

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If we differentiate between "excess shareholder returns" and the cost of capital that even a municipality should be accounting on commercial assets, then as a general rule the greater efficiency and focus of a commercial outfit will outweigh the director's and Wall Street's incremental greed.

You're forgetting that the corporate broadband providers are monopolies or duopolies and obliged, required, and exist to create profits.

If cities want a finger in the pie, they'd mostly be better off forming a corporation to own the assets (giving them a lot of control, and possibly access to cheap municipal financing), and then contracting out all design, build and operation.

And you completely miss the point that muni systems are by governments created to serve the people, not create profits

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