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Public Communications District

Public Communications Districts could be created in the same way that Public Utility Districts are and would provide many, if not more, benefits to the communities served. Internet, telephone, and newspaper are media forms that could easily be deprivatized with huge benefits to consumers.
The basic reasoning for Public Utility Districts (PUD) is that since energy is a necessity of life for all people, it should be exempt from privatization and should instead be controlled by not-for-profit public agencies at the community level, much the same way that each city has a department that supplies water to its local community.

When a PUD is created, it acquires assets, infrastructure, and equipment from a corporation and then it takes over the responsibility of providing power to the local community at a much lower cost to local residents. All of the decisions are made and operations are conducted by people in the community who live with the consequences of those decisions and actions. Therefore there is a much higher level accountability and responsibility with PUDs.

Internet, telephone, and newspaper companies are owned by huge global corporations whose interests almost never represent the interests of the communities they provide service to. In today's world, these services are almost as necessary as power and water and should also be exempted from privatization by global corporations. A Public Communications District could be created the same way that a PUD is created. The necessary infrastructure and equipment could be acquired in the same way and there would be similar, and maybe even greater, benefits to the local communities.

I do not know of any Public Communications Districts, but it is an idea that deserves a lot of consideration.

More information about PUDs can be found at  http://www.appanet.org and  http://www.oppc.net.