San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, said on Monday he considered wireless Internet access a fundamental right of all citizens. Going so far as to suggest “This is a civil rights issue as much as anything else.” While the civil rights issues are another story 😉 the plan is generally a bad idea. Read about why muni govs should stay out of the broadband market here and here.
Geoffrey Segal is the director of privatization and government reform at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. He is also editor of Reason's Privatization Watch.