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When cities and counties decide to invest in broadband networks, they face the same business-case challenge as private-sector carriers. The city or county has usually arrived at this point precisely because the private sector does not see enough of a business case for investment, so how is government going to do what business cannot? Government’s advantage as a network builder is not anti-competitive behavior: it is that government and the community gain economic benefits from the network that a private-sector company cannot tap.
Michael Curri – Founder and President, Strategic Networks Group – starting at minute 36 of the webinar
Paul Leedham – Chief Innovation Officer/Director of IT, City of Hudson
Ysni Semsedini – CEO of Festival Hydro Inc and Rhyzome Networks
Jim Stifler – Chief Economic Officer, City of Hudson
Webinar conducted March 1, 2018