Another “Rogue Agency”

“Sen. Vince Illuzzi, R-Essex-Orleans, who is convinced the Vermont Telecommunications Authority has become a competitor to private telecom companies rather than a facilitator of broadband to rural areas, said the authority’s behavior has become “thuggish and reprehensible.”

He also called the VTA “a rogue agency,” and said it must “change or cease to exist.” The strong language came in a recent e-mail from Illuzzi to the Free Press newsroom and editorial page editor. Illuzzi said this week it had been intended as background information, although he did not label his e-mail in that manner.”  – BFP

Rogue agency sounds like a good description of Burlington Telecom as well.  Why is it that the lesson of the pitfalls of government owned and operated telecommunications entities, in competition with privately owned entities, was lost on some of our political leaders.  A question they may want to consider is whether publicly owned broadband services is a good idea to begin with. Perhaps we should be re-examining the concept itself, rather than trying to determine who to blame for mismanagement.  Toward that end, I would like to refer our readers to a study done in 2004 by the Heartland Institute entitled “Municipally Owned Broadband Networks: A Critical Evaluation“.