One more way the Pope administration will destroy North Carolina's competitive position
I've long argued that broadband is an essential public utility, on par with roads, water, and sewer. That's why I support the ability of forward-thinking communities to invest in broadband infrastructure if they so choose. Today's free-market fanatics, on the other hand, argue that nothing should be built unless there's a way for some rich guy to make a boatload of money. That's the road North Carolina is going down, a road paved by the special interest money of Big Telecom.
The result? "The private sector has so far failed to deliver the latest fiber optics to much of the United States. Though America once led the world in connectivity, we have fallen to 16th globally. Even worse, federal data rank North Carolina broadband 50th nationally – the bottom of the bottom of the barrel." It's tempting to suggest that things will quickly go from bad to worse under the Pope administration, but since our state is already in last place, that'll be a significant feat. I'm confident, however, that our new governor will pull it off.
To get the full scoop on this sad situation, check out the report released today by Common Cause and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance: The Empire Lobbies Back: How National Cable and DSL Companies Banned The Competition in North Carolina.
It's depressing as hell.
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