I received a Google alert tonight that linked to Community Broadband Networks. Muni Networks, as it’s also known as, is a great site put together by Christopher Mitchell. He’s cataloging the strides municipal networks are making to bring broadband to all. Awesome work Chris!
Muni Networks mentions the Seattle CTO, Bill Schrier. I’m pleased to see Seattle has a thoughtful person in the position.
From what I gather, municipal networks are started due to poor or no competition in the broadband market. This is troubling and encouraging at the same time. The downside is the State and Federal governments have not provided legal power to the cities and counties to regulate broadband. The good thing is, the city is creating competition.
What happens when you don’t have to try and you still get the money? You become lazy. That is what has happen to our broadband providers. The DSL and cable companies have only done enough to keep their monopolies. They have no reason to innovate and provide compelling products at the best price possible.
I hope Seattle deploys their own network. I know the under served in my neighborhood could use it. In the least, I hope Google deploys their test fiber project here.