Great a 3rd monopoly that's hell bent on running locally owned and operated businesses out of business.
EPB's network is publicly funded no matter how you look at it. EPB's fiber network should be treated just like the roads, if anyone is willing to pay the tax then they should be able to jump on that road as it is. At this time there are a select number of small, locally owned, technology companies that EPB refuses to do business with because these small companies also offer competing services to EPB.
EPB has not only set their sights on eliminating these companies but they are moving their cross hairs on other businesses. Companies that offer phone systems, Companies that offer PC repair, Companies that offer home automation, and even rumors of companies that offer alarm systems will also face competition from their local government.
Isn't the "free market" grand? What's next? EPB will open a chain of supermakets? Maybe some drug stores and gas stations too.