Short Answer Question 7 - Which models of community involvement in broadband – be it wi-fi (wireless Internet), fiber, etc. - should be promoted or limited by the state or legislation? This might include the Windom municipal-owned fiber-to-the-home model, the Minneapolis franchise-like public-private wireless partnership, or other private marketplace models? Will you work toward a repeal/change of Minn. Stat. Ann. 237.19 requirement for municipalities to obtain a super-majority of 65% of voters before providing telephone services (including voice over the Internet)?
Response from Peter Hutchinson:
The state should encourage innovation to flourish at the local government level as cities, towns, and even counties explore various strategies to expand broadband coverage to their communities. The state should help them learn from each other what works best. I don’t see how the current statute helps this. Moreover, we should let local elected officials take action and be accountable to their constituents on election day – not through referenda.
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