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Daily Dot: Most Americans have just 1 or 2 broadband providers to choose from

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 14:51 -- Eva Prkachin

How President Obama’s new plan could mean lower costs, greater choice, and dramatically higher Internet speeds.

Article by Aaron Sankin

President Obama recently unveiled a dramatic plan aimed at making your Internet connection suck less.

In one of a slew of new initiatives launched in anticipation of Tuesday's State of the Union address, Obama announced a dramatic push to improve broadband Internet service for people around the country. The president argued that millions of Americans are underserved by their current options for high-speed Internet. One way to rectify that is to allow local governments to build their own municipal broadband networks.

Problem is, state legislatures around the country have passed laws making it considerably more difficult for these public Internet projects to get off the ground. In some states, building municipal broadband is prohibited altogether. President Obama has instructed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to do what it can to invalidate these laws and allow local government to easily set up their own municipal Internet networks.

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