Debating Municipal Broadband

Geoff Daily has interviewed Christopher Michell on municipal broadband and the discussion is well worth the less than 20 minutes it takes to view it.

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It’s an interesting discussion because, well, it actually feels like a discussion. Most of the stuff we hear on Municipal Broadband relies on a set of myths about muni-broadband that mostly go unquestioned. The format here allows Daily to bring up the traditional objections to municipal broadband and Mitchell quietly and directly show that the assumptions are untrue. To some extent Daily, as a broadband partisan, is playing the straight man to Mitchell–but Daily’s comments on his blog demonstrate that he is serious about some of his concerns and hasn’t quite absorbed the implications of his own remarks that “whoever owns the pipes controls the pipes.”

Do give it a look. Sensible talk. The conversation does a rationalist’s heart good.