Re: Actually an argument for a public utility to own the last mile
The rail idea was tried in the UK. It sort of worked, but nowhere near as well as hoped. Lots of problems, such as a giant swarm of lawyers whenever something went wrong.
As to public ownership of comms, I'm old enough to remember that in the UK. It was absolute rubbish, and it took months for a phone line order to be processed. It's the usual public enterprise problem - what's the incentive for them to be efficient when you can't even sack employees that goof off? If it helps, imagine your Department of Motor Vehicles in charge of your broadband.