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I realize this is an unpopular opinion, The problem isn't just ISP's - the only reason community broadband in an urban environment sounds like a good idea, is because it can go around the permitting process. The permitting process to install shit is why any tom, dick and harry can't get themselves set up as a telco - yes, the big three/four/five as sleazy and slimy, but local government has made it almost impossible to compete with them either.

To give you an idea, I was working on a cell site upgrade project in from 2013-2015 - it took the City of Seattle two years to approve permits to do a simple no civil upgrade (swap equipment, move some above ground conduit), whereas in a more rural area, we had that same permit in 2-45 days depending on jurisdiction.




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