Are City-Owned Municipal Broadband Networks Better?

Large cable providers have been under fire for lack of customer service and overall value of service. Companies such as Comcast and Spectrum have earned especially low ratings in these areas. Unfortunately, the average consumer only has access to a select number of providers in their area, leaving their options limited.

Roughly three out of four Americans claimed that they have access to only one broadband provider in their area with at least 25 Mbps, according to a 2015 White House study. The lack of options for many consumers leaves them sticking with providers that provide inadequate service which can leave many consumers unhappy.

Many cities across the nation have made an effort to combat the provider monopoly that has swept the nation through the implementation of municipal broadband networks. Municipal broadbands have been on the rise around the world which has led to more affordable and convenient service to many communities. Although municipal broadbands are viewed in a positive light, many large corporations have challenged these smaller operations through intense lawsuits, resulting in statewide restrictions against municipalities. Roughly two-dozen states have issued laws restricting the operations of municipalities.
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