Vermont town considers building government network to protect net neutrality
Tom Struble, technology policy manager at R Street Institute in Washington, D.C., told TPA he’s not heard of a municipality that would cite protecting net neutrality as a reason to build a taxpayer- or ratepayer-funded network.
“It being used as a reason to build a network is ludicrous,” Struble said.
Struble said a regional network could prove costlier as it would likely serve residents in more remote areas of lower population density that are more expensive to connect.
R Street gave Vermont a C grade in its 2018 Broadband Scorecard Report, noting the state has its share of regulatory barriers that inhibit high-speed internet growth.