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Report: 26 States Now Ban or Restrict Community Broadband
Posted April 18 2019
Many of the laws restricting local voters’ rights were directly written by a telecom sector terrified of real broadband competition.

A new report has found that 26 states now either restrict or outright prohibit towns and cities from building their own broadband networks. Quite often the laws are directly written by the telecom sector, and in some instances ban towns and cities from building their own broadband networks—even if the local ISP refuses to provide service.

The full report by BroadbandNow, a consumer-focused company that tracks US broadband availability, indicates the total number of state restrictions on community broadband has jumped from 20 such restrictions since the group’s last report in 2018.

Frustrated by slow speeds, limited availability, high prices and terrible customer service, more than 750 communities across the country have built their own broadband ISPs or cooperatives. Studies have shown these locally owned and operated networks tend to offer lower prices, faster speeds, and better customer service than their private-sector counterparts.

Instead of competing by offering better service—private sector telecom giants like Comcast and AT&T have routinely turned to a cheaper alternative: easily corrupted state lawmakers. In exchange for campaign contributions, lawmakers frequently and uncritically pass on model legislation written by industry and distributed by organizations like ALEC.

Link to the whole post : https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/artic...-broadband

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Want internet where I live ? You have 3 options.
1. Embarq which has a monopoly on all of the DSL in my rural area. They also own all of the phone poles and will not allow any competitor to use them.
2. Satellite like Hughes which is expensive as hell and limited in bandwith
3. Smartphone data stream (which is what I use), 40 bucks a month - unlimited talk, text and data.
They do throttle you back once you hit the 4 GB limit on data.
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The best thing I can get at home is fixed point to point wireless. Our package is 10/2 with unlimited usage for 70 bucks a month. Not bad considering just a few years ago it was hughesnet or bust.
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(04-18-2019, 09:44 PM)Grendelmort Wrote: Want internet where I live ? You have 3 options.
1. Embarq which has a monopoly on all of the DSL in my rural area. They also own all of the phone poles and will not allow any competitor to use them.
2. Satellite like Hughes which is expensive as hell and limited in bandwith
3. Smartphone data stream (which is what I use), 40 bucks a month - unlimited talk, text and data.
They do throttle you back once you hit the 4 GB limit on data.

I have 3 options. Two competing companies and satellite service. All three are distasteful.

$100 per month for 5 megs download and 1.54 megs up load. Very disappointing.
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Oh did I see this coming 15 years ago .

Community Internet could have made a better impact had various developing systems actually formed a United Political Association rather than keep to themselves .


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(04-18-2019, 09:44 PM)Grendelmort Wrote: Want internet where I live ? You have 3 options.
1. Embarq which has a monopoly on all of the DSL in my rural area. They also own all of the phone poles and will not allow any competitor to use them.
2. Satellite like Hughes which is expensive as hell and limited in bandwith
3. Smartphone data stream (which is what I use), 40 bucks a month - unlimited talk, text and data.
They do throttle you back once you hit the 4 GB limit on data.

Had Hughes for years. Now I have Exede. Opposite side of the same coin.

Phone service is hit or miss.

I used to think it was a downside to living in the Twilight Zone, but not so much anymore.

Waiting to see what is going to happen with 5G and that new city that is growing up around me about 5 miles away. I think I am going to be evicted from the Zone.
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(04-18-2019, 09:44 PM)Grendelmort Wrote: Want internet where I live ? You have 3 options.
1. Embarq which has a monopoly on all of the DSL in my rural area. They also own all of the phone poles and will not allow any competitor to use them.
2. Satellite like Hughes which is expensive as hell and limited in bandwith
3. Smartphone data stream (which is what I use), 40 bucks a month - unlimited talk, text and data.
They do throttle you back once you hit the 4 GB limit on data.

T-mobile might be a better option for you if they have decent coverage in your area. They don't throttle you until you hit 50 GB and then it's only intermittent throttling when the tower is congested.
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