Thursday, February 14, 2013

Georgia bill would prohibit towns from building their own networks if even one resident has "good" private service

There is a bill in the Georgia legislature that would bar towns from setting up their own broadband networks if one home in the town has service over 1.5Mpbs (the FCC considers 4.0 a benchmark for good service).

The bill is being pushed by "incumbent" telecommunications companies.  
The concept behind the bill is that private companies rather than networks should provide service.  But some rural areas do not have good service or the ability to attract competition to a local monopolistic telephone company.
Timothy B. Lee has a story about this in Ars Technica today here
One of the comments asks the question, what is an essential utility, and what is a luxury?  Is fiber-optic cable becoming an essential utility?  

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