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Last month the Public Goods Post described a creative way to deal with the loss of “net neutrality” and to provide “broadband for all” – cities can provide Internet access as a public good. Some cities are moving in that direction.
 
However, it turns out that the Koch brothers are moving quickly, and with big money, to try closing off this option.
 
Read about this in an article by Susan Crawford, Harvard law professor, in Wired.


As Crawford explains the Internet is the “mega-utility of the 21st century,” but it “officially has no regulator.”
"In the meantime, fed up with federal apathy and sick of being held back by lousy internet access controlled by local cable monopolies, scrappy cities around the U.S. are working hard to find ways to get cheap, world-class fiber-optic connectivity. It’s always been an uphill climb, as the “incumbents”—giant carriers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T—are constantly working behind the scenes to block competition.

Recently, Comcast spent nearly $1 million opposing a municipal-fiber vote in Fort Collins, Colorado … But now there’s an additional obstacle: Powerful right-wing billionaires have joined the fight against municipal fiber efforts, using their deep pockets to fund efforts to block even the most commonsense of plans."
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Founder and Director of the Public Goods Institute; and Research Fellow at the 
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