On pages 44 and 45 Cortada contrasts the policy approaches of the United States, Britain, and France regarding telephony. Although government played a regulatory role in all three countries, the United States relied (and still relies) on the private sector to provide the service.
Roads, the water supply, and the sewage system are generally treated as basic infrastructure in the United States and provided by the government. In your opinion should telephony, and in particular broadband service, be regarded as part of that basic infrastructure? Should telephony be a service provided by the government, whether at the national, state, or local level? Why or why not? Reference Hudson's chapter 4 in your discussion.