Sascha is the Director of the New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative and Research Director of the Foundation's Wireless Future Program. Below are two short videos very much to the point on the reasons for creating community-owned networks, and why government should insist on greater openness and interoperability of communications products.
Building our own network in Syracuse will save our community $20 million to $30 million per year, initially, and $40 million to $50 million per year a few years later.
On Building Your Own Network
On Digital Feudalism
Note: Thanks to http://muninetworks.org for the reference.