Friday, May 09, 2014

Forum discusses broadband possibilities in Alcona - TheAlpenaNews.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Michigan, Community Information - The Alpena News

Forum discusses broadband possibilities in Alcona - TheAlpenaNews.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Michigan, Community Information - The Alpena News

Community forums like this have been going on for at least a decade throughout the United States with little or no change in the status quo. People and community leaders show up and tout the benefits of landline Internet access and demand more of it. Incumbent providers counter they're doing the best they can within the limits of their monthly subscription-based business models that constrain the extent to which they can modernize and build out their networks. And round and round it goes as the locals and community leaders grow increasingly frustrated over the lack of progress.

As I blogged yesterday, Utah may provide a way out of this circular trap. Instead of wholly relying on Internet service provider subscription revenue to fund infrastructure construction and operating costs, nearly a dozen municipalities there are looking into a private-public partnership (PPP) that would entail a per-premise utility fee to help fund them. Communities across the U.S. that are tired of unproductive "broadband" forums should be looking to Utah as a potential path forward.

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