Mitchell and Baller Defend Community Networks in ITIF Debate on June 1

Sign up for a live webcast (or if you are in DC, please attend) of Jim Baller and Christopher Mitchell engaging in an Oxford-style debate on the subject of community broadband with Rob D. Atkinson and Jeff Eisenach on June 1 at 9:00 EDT.

The statement to be debated is: "Governments Should Neither Subsidize nor Operate Broadband Networks to Compete with Commercial Ones."  Guess which side Jim and I will take?

Comments

Premise of debate flawed

The underlying premise of this debate is something of a red herring because telecommunications infrastructure tends to be a natural monopoly due to high CAPex barriers to entry.  How can there be healthy, robust competition (many sellers competing for many buyers) in a monopolistic market?