How Cable Companies Are Stopping You From Getting Fiber — Even Though It’s Already Installed In…

For the most part, the cable companies have been offering incentives to local governments (mainly just better service) in exchange for noncompete clauses, which disallow those communities from adopting fiber networks that might rival their own services. MuniNetworks, a site that tracks local broadband efforts, said these “incumbent and monopolistic providers use the term ‘level playing field’ as code for ensuring communities are unable to build their own networks. They do not actually want a ‘level playing field,’ they want more advantages for their businesses.” – Dave Smith, Business Insider via Yahoo Finance http://ift.tt/1nZqC2T