Thanks to Jeff Hoel for providing the transcript for the Episode 63 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast with Jim Baller on second part of the History of Municipal Networks. Listen to this episode here.
Jim Baller: It is the code of omerta within the cable industry that you don't compete with an existing system.
Lisa Gonzalez: Hi there. This is Lisa Gonzalez, from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Welcome again to the Community Broadband Bits Podcast. Large corporate providers enjoy lack of competition within the status quo. Unfortunately, those same providers often refuse to build in communities without the potential for large enough profits, or where they would encounter competition. What is a local community to do when existing providers see no reason to serve their community? Several weeks ago, we brought you Jim Baller, President and Senior Principal of the Baller Herbst Law Group. Baller Herbst has worked with local communities for years, as they have found ways to provide connectivity to residents, businesses, and government. During episode 57, Jim and Chris discussed some of Jim's experiences with early legal battles, as publicly-owned networks began to pop up across the country. This time, Jim and Chris continue to explore the history of publicly-owned networks. As momentum builds, and more communities consider the pros and cons, past experiences can mold future decisions. Here are Jim and Chris with more on the early days of the municipal network movement.
Chris MItchell: Welcome back to another episode of the Community Broadband Bits Podcast. This is Chris Mitchell. And once again I'm speaking with Jim Baller. Jim, welcome back to the show.
Jim Baller: Thank you, Chris. I'm happy to be here.
Chris: Last time, when you and I were speaking, we spent a lot of time talking about the early history of the municipal networks. Some of the cable history, your work with Glasgow. And we ended up by talking about the 2004 Nixon v. Missouri decision. And I think today we're actually going to go back a little bit in time, to explain a little bit of what was happening in those years... Read more