Competition in the U.S. broadband market is virtually nonexistent. That means that millions of Americans live without high-speed Internet access, and those who do have it experience slower speeds and higher prices than their European counterparts.
With the vast majority of Americans greatly overpaying for slow and unreliable broadband compared to connections in Europe and Asia, hundreds of communities have started building their own networks. And the industry is fighting back.
Soaring telecommunication rates are straining already stressed public budgets, leading many cities to build networks for their own use. Rather than recognize that success, the telecom companies have spent years trying to eradicate local competition.