The US has a big and rather complicated internet speed problem. Its broadband infrastructure is woefully behind in speed and price compared to a broad swath of other countries, and much of this has to do with its tenacious commitment to maintaining the status quo: that is, giving big telecommunications companies a lot of our money without being able to demand a fair amount in return.
But hereâ€™s a change: 101 cities are have agreed to band together to bring their residents gigabit-speed internet connections, even if they have to build it themselves. Theyâ€™re part of the Next Century Cities coalition, which promises to help cities make sense of how to tackle the mess of making all this possible. The coalition took shape last October with an inaugural 32 members after the FCC decided that cities can build their own broadband networks despite some statesâ€™ efforts to ban or restrict municipal internet services.
â€œOur family has lived in Goshen for almost 30 years. Over that time during town meeting, weâ€™ve debated the costs of a fire truck, an ambulance, several highway trucks and police cruisers, capping our dump, a new elementary school, an addition to the high school and now the construction of a regional broadband network. Never [before] in the history of Goshen have we had to change the venue of the meeting because so many people turned out.â€ All 240 voters were unanimous in their support of the bond authorization.
I have a feeling Time Warner is about to get faster and cheaper for “no reason” soon.