California, Washington and Indiana recently enacted legislation to help facilitate community broadband networks:
Underserved communities can provide broadband for themselves through nonprofit, cooperative entities.
Regional efforts to develop broadband infrastructure are becoming more common.
High-speed internet access is now a critical part of life, but a lack of reliable internet access is hurting rural communities.
Most Americans do not have much of a choice in Internet service providers, even in big cities. But for a lucky few, they have not only a robust gigabit connection but also a choice of many providers.
Many small communities across the country struggle to bring advanced broadband to their residents. What they lack in size, they often make up with diversity of their economies, populations, geography, and technology providers.
Local governments in Colorado want to buy better broadband and are pooling their resources to do it. It's called Project THOR, the brainchild of the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments.
In Oct, Federal Communications Commissioner Michael O’Rielly accused municipal networks, including Chattanooga’s EPB Fiber Optics, of violating the First Amendment by limiting subscribers free speech.
As a staunch supporter of limited government and free speech, I have regularly objected to government attempts to own and control the nation’s communications networks. I have been a staunch critic of government projects to build and operate broadb