Regarding the Jan. 28 news article “ Google Fiber picks Triangle”: Before Gov. Pat McCrory and his band of merry mayors get too excited Google’s plan to bring ultra-fast Internet service to the Triangle, they’d do well to heed the level-headed dose of reality injected by Dawson Gage (“ Google deal not in public interest,” Jan. 29 Point of View).
Gage isn’t alone questioning the ultimate value of surrendering a major public utility to profiteering opportunists like Google. These sorts of enterprises amount to little more than robbing the poor to give to the rich, a model of wealth redistribution the state’s GOP-run government loves to disguise behind the shrill, unrelenting cry for privatization of all things public.
The private sector’s boasts of superiority in the design and operation of utilities are illogical and unsubstantiated. Time and again, it’s been demonstrated that utilities and services run by the public are every bit the equal to privatized operations – the city of Wilson being a timely case in point.
Public servants are themselves utility customers, so there’s ample incentive to maintain services in top form while keeping expenses reasonable and fees low. On the other hand, inserting pricey executives and needy stockholders into the equation merely assures the highest possible cost to consumers with nominal risks for the provider and maximum dilution of responsibility.