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[ NNSquad ] Re: How Lafayette, Louisiana built fiber, with dominant ISPs fighting them every step of the way

On 05/13 02:11, Bob Frankston wrote:
> ...
> The reason Lafayette can't build infrastructure is that the legislature
> prohibits it -- that's the real battle to be fought.

And those prohibitions aren't created by saying "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" either.
In most cases, such legislative prohibitions are the result of intense
telco/cableco lobbying, using the argument that municipal involvement
in Internet infrastructure creates an "uneven playing field."

But once the pressure is off, somehow the dominant commercial players
often decide that they don't *really* want to do the fiber deployment
everywhere that they were talking about -- at least not right now.  Or
maybe ever.  But they of course demand that the prohibitions against
municipally-owned systems stay in place to protect the firms' future

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