Lisa Gonzalez and I, Christopher Mitchell, are back in studio for a short conversation about the implications of a municipal network or a coop receiving subsidies from government to engage in overbuilding, where it builds a fiber network in an area already served by slow DSL and cable networks.
This has become an important issue as Minnesota considers a fund that would encourage networks in areas currently unserved and possibly underserved.
We discuss the economics, fairness, and practial realities of both allowing “overbuilding” and disallowing it as Minnesota features two similar networks that have come to different conclusions, to the advantage and disadvantage of different local stakeholders.
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Thanks to Valley Lodge for the music, licensed using Creative Commons. The song is “Sweet Elizabeth.”