Thursday, May 28, 2015

Governments around the world should build home broadband networks at $16,000 per mile

The U.S. government incentivised the creation of the transcontinental railroad by paying the railroad builders $16,000 per mile of finished track.

That's the right way to build home broadband networks too.

For example when an ISP proves that it has installed a broadband connection of a certain speed into a home, then the ISP should be paid $16,000 (substitute this for the appropriate incentive amount).

You get the outcomes you reward.  If governments want fast home broadband then that's what they should pay for.

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