I read this article with some dismay. Although I agree that universal broadband internet in Virginia would be a good thing, I don’t agree with the approach to creating it.
A basic principle of economics holds that free markets are an efficient dialectic (thesis, antithesis, synthesis). Given that resources are scarce and stakeholders are many, every economic puzzle has an almost infinite number of solutions. Free market dialectics take time, but tend to produce optimal results.
Here, government preempted the free market, driving out benefits society could have enjoyed. Just because something is good doesn’t mean it needs to be done right away.