“We are building a ‘quasi road’ for government traffic but instead of cars, it is cables traversing it. The fiber cables are for government use. As we put our fiber for government use in the ground we are making the ‘road’ wide enough so private ISPs can use the same road as us to get to customers. We will not run fiber to anyone’s home or any business. We will run fiber to government owned buildings and water and sewer stations to ensure safe drinking water and the like which the report says we should focus on,” Pozzuto said.
“We agree that private enterprise can provide internet services much better than government can, which is why we are not building a government-owned broadband network.”
Lawson said Springboro’s plan could hamper existing providers or delay them in bringing new innovations to the city. He also questioned the timing of the plan, while some residents and businesses were struggling through the coronavirus pandemic.
“It is conceivable it could work out,” said Lawson, who specializes on education and technology issues for the conservative think tank.
The council meets in work session at 6 p.m. and in formal session at 7 p.m. today at city hall, 320 W. Central Ave. (Ohio 73 in Springboro).