The Institute for Local Self-Reliance released a report earlier this month on the North Carolina State Broadband Plan released in June. Authored by H.R. Trostle and Christopher Mitchell, the report is very critical of the NC plan, which emphasizes public-private partnerships over local development and ownership of broadband networks.
Trostle and Mitchell did not pull their punches describing the NC plan and it’s shortfalls:
That plan is essentially a “one-hand-on-deck” policy that naively pins the future of the state on the big telephone and cable companies. North Carolina should adopt an “all-hands-on-deck” approach that recognizes the need for a mix of business models in providing essential infrastructure across the state.
It’s a good report, and worth a read. In an effort to encourage you to visit the site. I’ll leave you with one last little gem from the Executive Summary: “Local leaders are better equipped to solve their problems than micro-managers from Raleigh.”