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Municipal Broadband and the Fight for Local Internet


Municipal Broadband and the Fight for Local Internet

Jeff Milchen

A large and growing portion of small businesses rely on a high-quality Internet connection for essential operations, but lack of competition and choice among broadband providers has forced many businesses -- and most Americans -- to choose between inferior service or exorbitant prices.

Federal Communications Chair Tom Wheeler says the vast majority of the country has only a company providing Internet access above 25 Mbps, what he called “table stakes” for today’s economy.


Although not widely understood, yet, the Internet represents a transformation of humanity. The Internet will be considered an essential service and right to access (just like water).

Not only commerce but human interconnection benefit greatly from the Internet. It’s been 25 years, the next 25 years will be very different.