TITLE

Should Local Governments Provide Broadband Service?

AUTHOR(S)
Balhoff, Michael J.; Rowe, Robert C.
PUB. DATE
May 2006
SOURCE
Business Communications Review;May2006, Vol. 36 Issue 5, p52
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article offers information on local governments' attempt to get into broadband business in the U.S. Building municipally-funded networks for proper role of government depends on the technology, community and the funding mechanism, since there are communities who do not like to be offered with broadband services because of the economic prospect. However, several risks arise in the attempt including financial aspect, since taxpayers' money will be wasted on the project if it fails and long-term economic prospects by continuing broadband access may damage the competitive market. The policymaker shows their interest on computer networks because they believed that higher data speeds might improve quality of education and attract more commerce within regions or towns.
ACCESSION #
20832568

 

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