Broadband providers face so many government-imposed obstacles to maximizing their investments that each dollar they do spend on “better broadband” has been shrunk considerably. Local permit fees, state property taxes and federal regulations combine to make it much more expensive for broadband providers to put a business plan together for “better broadband” investments.
It may seem counter-intuitive to call Michigan’s counties “losers” when they would theoretically receive just under $1 million of increased 911 funding under a tax increase proposal put forward by Michigan’s State 911 Committee (SNC). Sometimes, however, looking a gift horse in the mouth can reveal unexpected results.
While there have been concerns about Pokemon characters being located in inappropriate places like the National Holocaust Museum and the Vietnam War Memorial, as well as numerous injuries to players who lost track of their surroundings, the reaction from some members of Congress and so-called public interest groups exposes a regulatory zeal that should be troubling to consumers and innovators.