Super Fast Municipal Broadband, not if the big corporations have their way.

Stop AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from blocking fast and affordable Internet access.

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“Americans want more access to fast and affordable Internet service, not less. The FCC must preempt state laws that ban municipalities from selling Internet service.”

Stop AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from blocking fast and affordable Internet access.

Imagine having affordable, lightning-fast Internet access at your home that is 50-100 times faster than the national average. That could soon be a reality, but the shadowy American Legislative Exchange Council is working to make sure it never happens.

Nearly 20 states already have laws on the books stopping cities from providing fast, publicly-owned Internet access – and other states could soon follow suit.

President Obama just urged the Federal Communications Commission to make it illegal for states to block cities from providing affordable and fast Internet access – and the FCC is expected to make a decision very soon.

Tell the Federal Communications Commission: Protect our access to fast and affordable Internet service.

The American Legislative Exchange Council – a shadowy corporate front group that works to enact discriminatory voter ID laws, weaken gun safety laws and eliminate environmental regulations – is now pressuring state legislatures around the country to ban cities from offering broadband Internet access. ALEC is pushing its anti-municipal broadband agenda through model legislation it has developed, which one municipal broadband advocate described as “the kind of language one would expect to see if the goal is to protect politically powerful cable and telephone company monopolies.”

Many perennial funders and members of ALEC, including AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and Time Warner, stand to gain financially from these state laws because they eliminate the possibility of competition from city-run broadband services.

According to recent surveys, nearly a quarter of Americans don’t have broadband Internet access at home. By preempting state laws that block municipal broadband, the FCC could help cities and municipalities provide fast Internet access to millions of Americans who don’t have it, and help create less expensive and faster Internet access options for tens of millions of others.

The FCC is expected to make a decision on President Obama’s proposal to protect municipal broadband in February. Before then, let’s make sure Chairman Wheeler and the other commissioners know that Americans want more access to fast and affordable Internet service, not less.

Sign the petition to the FCC: Protect our access to fast and affordable Internet service. Here:

http://act.credoaction.com/sign/fcc_municipal_broadband?nosig=1&t=2&akid=13141.5506193.XZnflO

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6 thoughts on “Super Fast Municipal Broadband, not if the big corporations have their way.

  1. (shhh, getting city wide fast broadband ,’fast, publicly-owned Internet access’ would be too good for business and rents and housing prices would go up). Can’t have that. There are campaign contributions to be gleaned!

    ALEC is behind a lot of crap that has sucked the middle class and working class people dry. They offer packaged legislation that favors guess who to bored, confused, corrupt, and/or barely competent elected and appointed officials who glom onto it. They have been doing this behind the scenes around the country. Sometimes the legislation is passed with the wording ‘your state’s name here’ still in it. that was a joke, but the jokes on us.

    Municipal public utility fast broadband would threaten the Comcast/ATT/Verizon model. Sniff.

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    • Say what? “Municipal public utility fast broadband”. That’s commie talk. This is ‘merica. We don’t need none of that Euro socialist Marxist crap around here. I trust corporations, not guberment!

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  2. The problem with having real competition with this kind of service is that its very capital intensive. That is, it can’t be done on the cheap by starting small and making small profits that will be reinvested to get larger. To be profitable at all, a large amount of money needs to be spent up front and recouped slowly over many years.

    Fundamentally, if the service is priced to be affordable to a large percent of the populace, there won’t be enough margin for multiple competitors to remain viable for the years it takes to recoup investments, unless each has a large share of the market.Mathematically its impossible for multiple competitors to each have a large market share.

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    • Which is why it should be publicly financed and belong to the people, Nan.

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      • Well that’s not under consideration anywhere. The original internet was a DARPA project that was quickly migrated to the private sector after people realized it had commercial possibilities. The proposal being floated by the FCC now is to regulate the internet as a common carrier, similar to the telephone network.

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      • NAN, it is too being done in some cities who have decided and found that having fast cheap broadband is helping their businesses and students and all citizens.
        They face constant lobbying against them with the industry lobbyists working the refs at all levels. It’s not a fair fight.

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