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2/13/2018 | 12:23:57 PM
Re: Eat the dog food
It's complicated. The policy goal is to get broadband to everybody. Sometimes tilting an incumbent's business case toward serving an unserved area is the most cost-effective way of doing that. Sometimes a few chunks of federal grant or loan money, added to other sources can make a business case work for rural electric coops, local governments, public/private partnerships or local small businesses. 

If there is to be new federal money, it should be handed out to whatever entity than can most effectively apply it toward the policy goal. Reverse auctions (like CAF-II) or merit-based grants (like REA) that are business-model neutral would be an effective use of federal $$.

"I am not a capitalist. I am not a socialist. I am a pragmatist." (Lee Kwan-Yoo)

 

 
mendyk
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2/13/2018 | 11:29:49 AM
Re: Eat the dog food
For the most part, we're talking about degrees of availability regarding broadband. If the need is great enough, and the demand is strong enough, service will extend out to less populated areas without massive public-sector intervention. We have other things to spend our limited money on -- like getting poor folks enrolled in Blue Apron-like meal delivery services.
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2/13/2018 | 11:14:06 AM
Re: Eat the dog food
Interesting take. But I think broadband is far more akin to electricity today than a nice-to-have amenity. It's becoming harder and harder to live without.
mendyk
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2/13/2018 | 11:08:19 AM
Re: Eat the dog food
I have a hard time buying into the concept that broadband access is a basic human right. We all make trade-offs when it comes to choosing where to live. City slickers get more bandwidth. Country folk get the laid-back lifestyle. Etc.
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2/13/2018 | 10:59:50 AM
Re: Eat the dog food
Corporate welfare, what a loaded term. It would be nice if SPs would deploy service everywhere, but communities are losing even the ability to negotiate for coverage in sparser regions because of the rush to tear down regulatory barriers to deployment. There is no requirement and no incentive for telcos to deploy networks in a number of areas. There is also every reason to deploy the highest-value, newest network technologies in in the areas with the highest profit-earning potential. This is a problem.
mendyk
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2/13/2018 | 10:32:47 AM
Eat the dog food
It's hard not to see government-funded broadband buildout as a form of corporate welfare.
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