Utilities are natural monopolies. In the US, with the exception of TV cable and Internet communication, government at some level either owns utilities or regulates the rates they charge. For several years, I have been an advocate of having Los Alamos County own and provide local wires or fibers that we can use for communication. I am primarily interested in Internet connections, but the wires or fibers could carry TV cable and phone service too. That advocacy led me to serve on the Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities starting in July, 2014. The list below has links to some of the things I've written about County utility issues.