Among 2014 Worst Policy Ideas: Blocking Cities from Selling Their Own Internet

In case you missed it, according to the Washington Post’s influential policy blog “Wonkblog,” one of the “Worst Policy Ideas for 2014” was “Blocking Cities from Selling Their Own Internet.” Apparently, Wonkblog staff agree that being “fed up over limited choices, high prices and shoddy service” is a good reason for local communities to look for other internet alternatives to the existing ISPs, including providing the service themselves. The article places State and federal legislators and cable lobbyists on the wrong side for pushing through laws that make those alternatives pretty much impossible. Despite these efforts, some communities are fighting back. Wonkblog mentions seven Colorado communities who recently won their fight for local internet choice, and Chattanooga, TN and Wilson, NC’s requests to the FCC to intervene against their state law restrictions.

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