Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Why should towns own their own fiber networks

Not that I need any convincing, but here is Professor Lessig's explanation of why towns should have their own advanced fiber networks - and not once does he mention BVU OptiNet.

What he says in part is this: "If a traditional network provider owned an AFN in a particular area, that network provider, acting rationally, would charge customers a monopoly price, or restrict service to get its monopoly benefit. But if the customer owned the network, then the customer could get the same access at a much lower price and be free of use restrictions. McAdams is pushing - and Burlington and other cities are actually deploying - customer-owned AFNs."

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