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I am a volunteer, officer and board member in a local non-profit in Portland specializing in broadband issues and activities, and I can tell you that many parts of Portland are underserved. One of our member-volunteers moved a few miles (to the heart of NE Portland) and found that he could not get DSL service.
Last-mile service, no matter where you are, urban or rural, Oregon or another state, is not working to the benefit of the users. Regulation isn't working. Control of the last mile should be in some kind of public ownership, like our streets, water and sewer services are. You don't have Walmart or Chrysler owning the streets, controlling where you can shop. Why should a private for-profit company own your communications?
The technology is here now (it is called Fiber Optics), it has massive capacity compared to what is currently deployed. If people cooperate, it is not that expensive to install. And if we can avoid the rent-seeking behavior of a private company, it can serve the interests of all the citizens.
I am in favor of users building, operating and paying for their own networks, for their own benefit, in common to the degree necessary. If grants or loans can get those efforts off the ground, I'm in favor of those as well.
Ask for it by name: Publicly-Owned Fiber-to-the-Premises network.
I would welcome the chance to work on rural networks. Please contact us at the Personal Telco Project and maybe we can help: email@example.com
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