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[ NNSquad ] Re: Fight over municipal broadband rules in North Carolina

 hi Richard,

On 2011-03-15 16:11, Richard Bennett wrote:

There's a huge element of bad faith bargaining on the part of the towns that operate their own triple play networks in competition with the cable company. Towns previously granted the cable company an exclusive license to offer cable TV, which encouraged the cable companies to invest in a community network on the expectation that their investments would ultimately pay back the investment and earn a profit.

you've got the cause and effect reversed

towns grant the exclusive monopoly because it is extorted - without it, the cable company refuses to serve the town at all.