Telcoms lobbyists have convinced 26 states to ban or restrict municipal broadband / Boing Boing

From the article:

More than half of the US states have passed laws that ban or severely restrict local governments from investing in broadband: many of these laws were copypasted from “model legislation” circulated by corporate telcoms lobbyists (this is a disturbing, widespread practice in America’s state houses); and many of the states that have passed these bills have large areas where every ISP is a Net Neutrality violator, and all across America, ISPs are underinvesting in network buildout (especially for rural subscribers) while raising prices and refusing to sell high-speed service to customers who don’t also buy cable TV.

Municipal internet is the answer: despite the documented lies of Trump’s FCC, cities that build their own networks save money and the people who live there are the only Americans who are happy with their broadband.

So municipal internet is a huge threat to ISP monopolists: not only do they stand to lose the $5 billion federal subsidies that they receive every year, they also have to compete with superior, lower-cost, higher quality offerings from municipalities.

Source: Telcoms lobbyists have convinced 26 states to ban or restrict municipal broadband / Boing Boing

We all hate Comcast, and the de facto monopoly that it has on our lives and access to the broader world.

What a lot of folks don’t know is that there are literally laws on the books, pushed by these companies, that literally make it illegal to create a better service for your city or state.

That is some fucked up shit.