In early 2010, Google announced that it was going to pick one city and build a gigabit fiber optic internet network there. Google had no idea that it would spark a pent-up demand for better and reliable internet service across the country. The telcos (AT&T, Verizon) and cable companies (Comcast, Time Warner) were monopolies that couldn’t […]
They did it in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Lafayette, Louisiana. Nearby in California, the Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative is doing it too, as Plumas-Sierra Telecommunications. Municipal and rural electric companies are building 100% fiber optic networks to the home/business to deploy smart grid technology, then offering ultra high speed Internet access over those same networks.
Susan Crawford, author of the recently published “Captive Audience“, gave a terrific short talk at the 2013 National Conference for Media Reform. Her rallying cry is that we need to start with 100 Mbps symmetrical Internet access for all Americans, at reasonable prices. She is our hero.
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