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    Re: Obama wants to make the internet a utility

    Quote Originally Posted by CharminTide View Post
    Comcast, beware: New city-run broadband offers 1Gbps for $60 a month

    I don't know if government-run utilities represents a socialist affront to the cult of Saint Ayn, but damn I'd love if my city did this.
    I like the price, but I don't like when the government competes with private enterprise.

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    Re: Obama wants to make the internet a utility

    Quote Originally Posted by Go Bama View Post
    I like the price, but I don't like when the government competes with private enterprise.
    I hear ya, but I make exceptions for natural monopolies where infrastructure costs prohibit meaningful competition. No one complains about their water being supplied by a public utility.

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    Re: Obama wants to make the internet a utility

    Quote Originally Posted by Go Bama View Post
    I like the price, but I don't like when the government competes with private enterprise.
    In theory I don't either, but shame on any private business that cannot undersell a municipality-owned broadband service.
    There is probably some fat on the payroll at Fort Collins Connexion (whether it is the "Endangered Species Coordinator" or the mayor's cousin Biff who may not have any marketable job skills, but needed a job, so the mayor weighed in in his favor).
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    Re: Obama wants to make the internet a utility

    Quote Originally Posted by CharminTide View Post
    Comcast, beware: New city-run broadband offers 1Gbps for $60 a month

    I don't know if government-run utilities represents a socialist affront to the cult of Saint Ayn, but damn I'd love if my city did this.
    I'm ok with it on 2 conditions: They do not cheat (e.g. since they are the government they can make unfair rules to make themselves more competitive. ) And they do not require debt to make it work. Theyou should charge enough and be efficient enough to cover the costs associated with running this utility.

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    Re: Obama wants to make the internet a utility

    Quote Originally Posted by CharminTide View Post
    I hear ya, but I make exceptions for natural monopolies where infrastructure costs prohibit meaningful competition. No one complains about their water being supplied by a public utility.
    outside of Flint anyway
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