Problems in Public Utility Paradise (a continuing series)

by on September 10, 2009 · 5 comments

For some time now here at the TLF, we have been documenting the track record of various government-owned or subsidized utility projects — municipal wi-fi projects, locally-owned telecom ventures, city or state fiber projects, and so on.  We’ve attempted to see if the rhetoric matches the reality when it comes to the grandiose promises made about government investment or ownership of communications or broadband networks being our ticket to high-tech paradise.

The results?  Well, the record speaks for itself.  It’s been one miserable failure after another.  And yet the high-tech pork barrel rolls on and taxpayers are all too often stuck picking up the tab.

I just wanted to make everyone aware of the fact that I finally got around to collecting most of our essays on the subject here into an “Ongoing Series” page that will be permanently housed here.  (As far as I can tell, we’re up to about 18 or 19 installments).  I encourage my TLF contributors to help me contribute entries to the series and I also invite our readers to continue to submit examples of these experiments so we can continue to document their failure.  Of course, if there are success stories, we’d like to hear about those too.  But that will likely be a much shorter series!

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