This piece is by Susan Crawford, a brilliant legal scholar and former top White House science advisor. She points to links between Gov. Baker and the cable giants as a possible reason why competitive community broadband is stuck in neutral in Western Massachusetts. What are we doing about it?
"This is the story of a dramatic failure of imagination and vision at the state level: Governor Charlie Baker’s apparent insistence that Massachusetts relegate small towns to second-rate, high-priced, monopoly-controlled (and unregulated) communications capacity. It’s a slow-rolling tragedy that will blight Western Mass for generations. The likely outcome: Only those plucky, scrappy towns that elect to build on their own will escape the grip of unconstrained pricing for awful service. The rest will fade into irrelevance."