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Government-owned broadband networks crowd out small, rural ISPs – Entner

September 15, 2021

Sometimes, the textbook economics that some of us read in university come back to be relevant in our daily work. While I have written in the past about the potential effects of government involvement in the broadband market, a few weeks ago I experienced the reality myself.

We were working with a small rural telco on plans to expand their fiber deployments. One of the locations we recommended already has a municipally-owned broadband network in operation. We were quickly reminded that competing against a municipally-owned network would be a no-win situation. The only way we could compete on price was at scale.

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