Baltimore: high-speed broadband should be a priority

Chip Baltimore, a senior fellow of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, a former eight-year Iowa state representative and an attorney licensed in both Iowa and Missouri, published an op-ed highlighting that access to high-speed internet service is the focus of much governmental attention in today’s world. However, Baltimore referenced the debate over who should provide this access – government or private industry. He noted that over many years, "private companies have invested billions of dollars to establish an extensive network of telecommunications and cable infrastructure, adapting to and incorporating the massive technological changes that have occurred during that time. As a result, speeds have increased, and more people are being connected." Baltimore concluded by stating that "the government should only be the provider of absolute last resort."

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