GONs refused to serve only the unserved

Posted 11/14/15

To The Editor:

The Government Owned Network advocates tell us that they are only a few hundred feet away from rural Bradley County residents, and if state law were changed, they would gladly …

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GONs refused to serve only the unserved

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To The Editor:

The Government Owned Network advocates tell us that they are only a few hundred feet away from rural Bradley County residents, and if state law were changed, they would gladly serve them. The trouble with that narrative is that it just isn’t true.

In the 2015 legislative session, a compromise was proposed to the current GON legislation, submitted by Rep. Kevin Brooks, and that compromise allowed the GONs to expand their services outside their boundaries only to residential areas that were not currently served. The GON advocates immediately pulled their legislation from consideration, preserving the few unserved residents as political pawns to be used for next year’s legislative session.

The truth is that the GONs want to be a government monopoly “utility” style service. Their goal is to be seen as a public utility, providing broadband, TV and phone services instead of their free-market counterparts. We have a name for that: “Socialism.”

On the other hand, if the GON advocates would concentrate on ONLY the unserved residential areas, this problem could be solved quickly and the rural residents of Bradley County could get the government network access that they want and the free-market providers could continue to invest their millions and billions in building out and upgrading their networks that connect us all.

— David Snyder

President, RevTel.net

Cleveland

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