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Municipal Broadband

Chattanooga, Tennessee, Offered A Public Option For Internet Access And Revived Its Economy

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
C. Robert Gibson

Chattanooga has proven to everyone else that having a public option for internet, cable, and phone service is better for consumers. And though the big companies would never admit it, the competition that socialist local broadband networks provide is the heart of the free-market capitalism they claim to espouse.

The Other FCC Decision

David Morris | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
David Morris

By now, if the telecom companies had kept their promises we might well have a national broadband network that would be the envy of the world. Instead many consider the United States a laggard in high speed, affordable broadband.

Who Should Make the Rules?

David Morris | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics
David Morris

Who should make decisions affecting the health and safety of our communities? Who governs? Conservative Republicans in Texas are split on the question.

President Obama Comes to the Defense of Gigabit Cities

Timothy Karr | Posted 03.17.2015 | Technology
Timothy Karr

On Wednesday, President Obama called for an end to rules that prevent cities towns and other communities from creating their own high-speed Internet networks.

Four Ways 2015 Will Be a Pivotal Year for the Internet

Timothy Karr | Posted 03.02.2015 | Technology
Timothy Karr

At stake is whether the Internet remains a democratic, user-powered network -- or falls under the control of a few powerful entities.

Georgia's Internet Uprising

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.12.2013 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Municipal broadband networks have been gaining traction across the country. It's easy to see why: In many rural and low-income communities, privately offered broadband services are nonexistent.