August 9th, 2012

Some of the fastest and most cost-effective networks in America are run by municipal entities. These include Lafayette LA and Chattanooga TN. If communities wish to construct and operate public high speed Internet access networks for their citizens, they should be able to do so. A Federal Law should be passed to preempt the 17 (or so) states with (largely ALEC-inspired) legislative barriers to such practices. Several years ago, a Community Broadband Bill co-sponsored by Senators McCain and Lautenberg (R & D, respectively) died in Congress. Let’s resurrect and pass it.

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