Government isn’t always known as being proactive. In many cases, the private market handles America’s needs and wants quite well.
But, there are cases when a service is absolutely appropriate for government; highways, clean water, police and fire.
Acting FCC Chairman Michael J. Copps said recently that local government also has a role in providing broadband to under-served areas. I love this quote: “Relying on market forces alone will not bring robust and affordable broadband services to all parts of rural America,” he writes. “Therefore, all levels of government should explore ways to help overcome the high costs of rural broadband deployment.” You can read his full comments at Daily Yonder.
We’re still waiting here in NC to see what happens to the anti-city broadband bills, HB 1252 and HB 1004. Both are going to commitee, but there’s a lot of lateral movement in Raleigh and you’re never quite sure what’s going to happen. We’ll do our best to keep you up to date.
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