My comment on this build out isn't whether the 'tax free' nature of the bonds are uncompetitive, (personally i think the muni should issue 'taxed' bonds to put this infrastructure implementation on an equally competitive playing field with the carrier).
My comment on this article is in the very last paragraph -
Local control, choice of ISP
Assuming the lawsuit can be dealt with, Monticello hopes to build fiber lines to each home and business in town with the goals of:
- choice of service provider
- competitive rates
- local service
- local ownership
- economic development
- economic returns to the community
This is exactly the way ALL FIBER should be rolled out.
In Canberra, Australia the Transact network is deployed this way, upstream content providers can even deliver VOD services from the central Interconnect facility to set-top boxes in the residents homes.
Makes a lot more sense than ripping up the pavement multiple times for parallel cable runs (or even worse competing technologies).
What do you think?