Data throughout the country shows that the investment from local governments towards broadband networks improves internet access and affordability. According to Community Solutions, there are three major reasons as to why you should want your community to invest in these networks.
The issues will not be resolved on the state or federal level
The truth is that the federal government offers billions of dollars to large corporations that result in very little infrastructure improvement. Although there are billions of tax dollars being funneled into these corporations, the speeds still do not meet the FCC definition of broadband. Statewide, they are too focused on large telecom companies.
“HB 2108 protects large, absentee Internet Service Providers and takes control from communities.” – Community Networks
Rural areas are not being invested in by large telecom companies
Many rural areas are still depending on outdated technology, such as DSL, which do not meet current service demands. These large telecom companies are also not upgrading the infrastructure because they do not want to risk opening the door to competitors. In addition to these points, fiber-optic technology is not being invested in, despite the future-proof nature or affordability for local residents.
Entrust local leaders to solve local issues
Internet access can be improved nationwide through the implementation of Institutional networks that connect schools, libraries, governments, and hospitals. Open-access networks allow an array of ISPs to operate on a publicly-owned infrastructure. This concept will create competition, improve speeds, and ultimately lower prices. Any of these models could improve communities nationwide and allow them to take more control of their internet infrastructure.
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All information has been gathered from MuniNetworks.org. To read the full article click here.