Communities around the world are leading the way in developing locally-owned and operated broadband networks. Here's why it's getting harder to do that in the U.S. Spoiler alert: politicians are screwing it up.
Article by Timothy B. Lee for Vox
This week, the House of Representatives approved legislation from Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) that would make it harder for cities to build publicly-owned broadband networks. The proposal is a shot at Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler, who wants to remove state-level restrictions on municipal networks; Blackburn's legislation would forbid the FCC from removing those restrictions. This is the latest escalation of a long-running war between municipal broadband supporters and incumbent broadband companies that have relentlessly opposed municipal broadband proposals.