Municipal Networks

All Americans should be able to use the Internet. How do we get there?

It's easy to say all Americans should be able to use the Internet in the 21st century, which is probably why several leading candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination have done just that.

The Green New Deal

In his bid to be the Democratic nominee for president, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) proposed the Green New Deal. Broadband-related provisions of the proposal include:

Gov Inslee's Plan for Thriving Rural Economies includes Expanding Rural Broadband Connectivity

Every facet of society depends on broadband connectivity.  2020 presidential candidate Gov Jay Inslee’s (D-WA) is committed to confronting the rural broadband challenge, by:

Hillsboro (OR) outlines municipal fiber plans, promises internet speeds up to 4 gigs

Hillsboro’s (OR) publicly supported internet project aims to undercut its rivals on pricing and substantially outpace them in speed.

Central Alabama Will See High Speeds Thanks to Electric Cooperative

Central Alabama Electric Cooperative (CAEC) will join the increasing number of electric cooperatives that provide broadband access. CAEC plans to construct the network, named CAEC Access, with a phased approach.

Mayor Pete's Commitment to America's Heartland: Internet for All

Mayor Pete Buttigieg's policies to uplift rural America includes an ambitious and holistic Internet for All initiative to ensure all communities have affordable access to this necessary technology to create businesses, access health care, and expa

Preemption Detente: Municipal Broadband Networks Face Barriers in 19 States

Nineteen states have established legal barriers or even outright bans on publicly owned networks, according to well-respected communications law firm Baller Stokes & Lide. These state laws, often enacted at the behest of large telecom monopoli

2020 Candidates Offer Plans to Extend the Reach of Broadband

Two 2020 presidential candidates released plans for investing in rural America this week. And broadband plays a key role in both.

My Plan to Invest in Rural America: A Public Option for Broadband

I will make sure every home in America has a fiber broadband connection at a price families can afford. That means publicly-owned and operated networks — and no giant Internet service providers running away with taxpayer dollars. My plan will:

Faster internet is coming, but only for a few

Broadband technologies are getting better and faster — but access to them is still concentrated in metro areas and suburbs, leaving vast swaths of the country with marginal service or nothing at all. Benefits of the broadband advances are mostly g