Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody
Nope. As long as the building of the actual infrastructure is left to private companies, the infrastructure will suck and the private companies will rape the consumers to get their costs (along with ridiculously huge levels of profit) back.
You must have missed the point where I said that we'd be better off with wireless networking as a commodity. Your description isn't that of a company's behavior in a commodity market.
History shows that with any basic infrastructure (or anything that through technological advancement *becomes* basic or necessary infrastructure), that private ownership always leaves the consumer holding the shitty end of the stick. Costs go out of control, waste is 70 to 80 percent of the costs, and all kinds of other nightmarish things.
You can certainly claim this all you want but that doesn't make it true. Cite some peer reviewed econ journal articles and I'll read them.
In my own experience I can think of a number of industries where privatization has been a good thing.
In the previous city I lived in city waste management services were privatized and costs have dropped drastically while service improved enormously. I can literally put anything out and they'll take it, because I could just pick from one of the 5 other providers in the region.
In Pittsburgh we have strong broadband competition between the cable company, fiber to the home, and 4g. Prices have been dropping and service speeds have been improving dramatically in the past three years.
When it comes to things like providing water, electricity, roads, and wires it's always far more efficient for the government (which is the people after all) to provide it. The US power grid is another prime example of this kind of nonsense at work.
This isn't really a great analogy as wireless towers aren't really the same as water, electricity, roads, or wires. I'm already covered by towers from four major carriers, plus I'd be happy to lease out my WiFi in a commodity setting.
Americans are conditioned by their ideology to think of government as "bad" so it will of course never happen (or at least not very soon),
Dude, government /is/ bad in America because every 4-12 years some idiot is in charge, and we generally don't get to have a vote of no confidence and get new elections.
but there are mountains of evidence that private ownership (and the sort of "fake competition" used to justify it), in these cases is really the prime cause of most of the problems.
I'm sure that you can pick out specific instances where this is the case, but I doubt that it's something you can make such a blanket statement about.