Sunday, February 8, 2015

FCC Will Enable Cities To Create Own Internet Providers

Frustrated with the sluggish speed and high cost of their Internet service providers, the residents of Wilson, N.C., decided a few years ago to take matters into their own hands – they would simply build their own connection. The city council unanimously voted in 2006 to create a fiber-to-home network that today provides affordable high-speed Internet to homes and businesses, connects schools, and even supplies downtown Wilson with free Wi-Fi. Incumbent companies Time Warner Cable and CenturyLink were forced to lower their prices and upgrade their service to remain competitive. Two weeks ago, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it intends to take a close look at overruling such state laws, which restrict the ability of cities and towns to build their own broadband networks in 20 states across the country.

More:  https://www.popularresistance.org/in-fcc-will-enable-cities-to-create-own-internet-providers/

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