As many of our regular blog readers know, broadband access is a hot topic we cover here at TeleQuality. In the past few months we’ve highlighted the significant challenges rural and remote areas of the United States face when trying to recruit telecom companies to expand high-speed broadband services to their communities; however, many times the business models of these ISPs simply can’t justify expanding into communities with a significant low profit margin risk.
One solution that has been controversially discussed in the telecom industry is the idea of municipal broadband, a.k.a. partial or fully-subsidized government broadband networks.
Advocates say it helps close the digital divide by bringing competition to the marketplace, while opponents say it puts tax payer money at severe risk and raises questions regarding the role of federal vs. state government in broadband. What’s the truth? Let’s break down both sides in our latest blog post so you can decide what side of the debate you fall under and if municipal broadband could potentially work for your community.Read More