one other thing to consider... taking the Presidents example of Cedar park IA. .. or even chattanooga Tn...both are touted as cities that have municipal owned ISPs with super fast broadband access.... both have been set up for some time... both are said to have "spurred competition".
why, then, haven't other telecoms firms even come close to matching the performance and pricing of these municipal ISPs?.. why are they head and shoulders above the rest of the industry?.. why is the industry utterly failing to compete if these things are meant to spurn competition?.. private firms aren't even trying to compete in these places.( sure, some offer lesser services, but they know they aren't competitive in pricing or performance)
as I see it.. it's not about competition... it's not about offering a competitive alternative.... it's about offering something that cannot be competed with, and they are succeeding in offering such.
as a consumer, i'm good with great performance at a cheap price.... but I'm not cool with being lied to about competition.... just tell me the truth and say " we're going to do away with competition by offering a product at a price that no private firm can possibly hope to compete with."