Re: What about munis?
Yes, this is a prime example of what used to be called a natural monopoly. Just as it's impractical to have more than one sewer line, water line or electric line, it's almost as impractical to have more than one high-speed data line on the phone poles or underground. As it is now, where I live in Brookline, MA, things are so tight that when they have to dig to fix the sewers, there's good chance they'll also hit an electric line or knock out the internet/cable line by accident.
The thought of buying my internet access from the Town makes me chuckle - and wince. We have a large body of politically correct busybodies who would just love to tell me what I can and cannot watch and download. The battles would be tiresome and amusing at the same time.
Yesterday, somebody mentioned using overhead drones, flying at 65,000 feet, to provide internet service in the 3rd World. I asked then, and I ask again - could such a system provide enough bandwidth to be practical for heavy data users such as most of us are?