ACLP GONs Update
This policy brief, published by New York Law School’s Advanced Communications Law & Policy Institute evaluates the current status of several local and state government-owned network (GONs) projects.
This policy brief, published by New York Law School’s Advanced Communications Law & Policy Institute and written by Institute directors Charles M. Davidson and Michael J. Santorelli, evaluates the current status of several local and state government-owned network (GONs) projects.
Supporters of putting the government into the internet service provider business claim super-fast internet builds are needed to “future-proof” taxpayer investments and promote economic activities, Davidson and Santorelli write.
“GON advocates continue to promote gigabit fever across the country as they attempt to convince local officials, residents, and small businesses that they need such super-fast connectivity now,” Davidson and Santorelli write. “To that end, assertions about the relationship between gigabit speeds and economic gains abound even though there is no evidence that such a relationship exists. Arguments that the networks that can deliver such speeds—those built with fiber—are ‘future proof’ also continue to be made despite the fact that no communications technology has ever proven to be immune to the demands of consumers and the creative destruction of ceaseless technological innovation.”