Over the past 10 years, telecom companies have been ghost-writing new laws to prevent community broadband projects from getting the go ahead, essentially making them illegal in 19 states.
Even though some have appealed, state representatives for the most part seem deaf to the calls from citizens to remove these regulations, which remove the right to create super-fast broadband.
Now, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will step in to remove these laws, setting its sights on the telecom companies for writing these laws in the first place.
The laws are, by and large, a stupid move by the city leaders and state representatives to allow a few internet service providers full control over the speed, price and availability of internet.
This means even if the ISP does not invest heavily in upgrades to speed, or milks a certain place for all its worth, citizens cannot stand up and make their own service better.
In some states this even means smaller broadband providers cannot partner up with the government for a municipal broadband service, leading to no way out of the current lock in.
At a time where Time Warner Cable, AT&T, Verizon and Comcast all don’t want to compete on price or speed, it makes it extremely hard for people to be satisfied with their internet.
Hopefully this new move will bring more community broadband to U.S. states, following the example of Provo, Utah and Chattanooga, Tennessee, both offer municipal fiber-optic broadband.