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On the topic, I think there's a better middle ground. Local governments already tend to manage roads, utility poles, etc. If they would manage conduit space the same way, maybe some colo, you could give fair access to private persons and companies, while preventing some of the ills of the way things tend to work right now (specific approval required for buildout, companies getting too familiar and working too closely with local government for there to be any fairness).

Maybe they could lease dark fiber similarly, but that may not be necessary with basic standards like those used for utility pole access in a decently well run town or city.




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