The FCC wants to let cities build their own broadband. House Republicans disagree.
Two of the most famous examples are Chattanooga, TN, and Lafayette, LA. Both services offer internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second — 10 to 100 times faster than what’s available in most parts of the country — at relatively affordable prices. […] [Conservatives] argue that governments aren’t tech-savvy enough to keep their broadband networks on the cutting edge. And they also claim that it’s unfair for the government to use taxpayer funds to compete with the private sector. Unsurprisingly, this argument is heartily endorsed by incumbent telecommunications companies, which have lobbied and litigated aggressively to discourage municipalities from getting into the broadband business. – Timothy B. Lee,Vox http://ift.tt/1jNWQMO