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Government Goal Is Monopoly, Not Universal Coverage

November 16, 2015

iStock_000006799258SmallIn August, the Coalition for the New Economy, reported that a government-owned broadband network advocate in Seattle admitted her goal wasn’t really to serve unserved populations, or to improve broadband competition, but was instead to create a government monopoly on service.

This past Saturday, in a letter to the editor in The Cleveland Daily Banner, David Snyder reports that officials in Tennessee unwittingly revealed earlier this year that their goal is also to establish a government monopoly.

According to Snyder, under a deal during the 2015 legislative session, lawmakers would have allowed a municipal network in the state “to expand their services outside their boundaries only to residential areas that were not currently served.” (Emphasis added.) The advocates for the government network opposed this plan, however, and “immediately pulled their legislation from consideration.”

If the government network would have agreed to the deal, unserved citizens of Bradley County might have service today, but they don’t.

So much for the goal of universal coverage; nothing short of monopoly will do.

Snyder concludes, “The truth is that the GONs want to be a government monopoly ‘utility’ style service. Their goal is to be seen as a public utility, providing broadband, TV and phone services instead of their free-market counterparts.”