Neither of those are fact.
You mean, I did not bother to provide evidence for either one of those in this case. But you didn't provide contrarian evidence either. What I said was, this case has a correct answer. Unlike your example of education, internet service has objective measures of success - uptime, bandwidth, latency, peering. All the upstream connections were provided by members of the duopoly, so those features are identical. But the last mile would have been cheaper, according to all the research provided..
Of course, you're a savvy voter who makes good choices. You would never be convinced to vote against your own interests. You would not dismiss out of hand government services, when the private sector could supply those same services and turn a profit. No, not you.
As for anti-union ranting, it's true that unions impose higher costs. But that doesn't really impact anything. If I'm paying less money, why do I care that the money I do pay goes to a random union employee instead of a shareholder. Hell, I'd rather the money went to an employee.
That's a government-run utility. Nobody cared because they didn't have to. I can't vote them out, they can't get fired, and I can't get service from anyone else.
As opposed to private utilities like Comcast that care? And why can't you vote them out? At least you have some choice there. I pity the person at the mercy of monopolistic private utilites.
everyone is assuming that the voters were coerced
Everyone is assumng teh voters were tricked. Because there is a right answer. And they did not arrive at it.
Here's a point I haven't seen anyone raise. When your ISP is managed by the same government that manages the police department, where do you think your right to privacy winds up? In the hands of someone who likely belongs to the same union that the police clerical staff belong to, and are probably on the same bowling team. And their paychecks come from the same mayor's office.
Wow, that is stupid. First, they would be in different unions. Second, there is no way that evidence gained like that could be used in trial. The consequences of misusing that data are so great it would never happen.