HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » More and more municipalit...

Thu Dec 14, 2017, 01:57 PM

More and more municipalities are setting up their own broadband

In November, the people of Fort Collins, CO (against all odds) beat back a half million $$ comcast-supported propaganda campaign to defeat the ballot measure that allowed FC to investigate creating its own broadband utility. Along the front range of CO several communities are exploring including doing the same and Longmont is several years into their own development.

The following appeared in the local FC newspaper, which sees an impetus developing for moving ahead more quickly, if net neutrality is defeated. To this end, other communities could do the same.

Ending net neutrality could be a boon for Fort Collins municipal broadband

Ending net neutrality could be a boon for Fort Collins municipal broadband
Consider this paradox: If federal rules protecting net neutrality are rescinded, it could prove a boon to Fort Collins' municipal broadband efforts.

Federal net neutrality rules, set to be voted on by the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday, require internet service providers to treat all data the same. Open-internet supporters warn that rescinding those rules could lead to Internet-based companies being forced to pay more to have their services offered to consumers for example, slowing Netflix streams so much they come with their own antique dial-up tones unless Netflix pays a premium.

If those fears materialize Comcast has pledged not to discriminate against content it could be a marketing tool for Fort Collins' planned municipal broadband effort. The Fort Collins City Council will develop policies around net neutrality and privacy for its users later in the project.

Council members have already advocated for maintaining net neutrality principles and enshrining privacy protections for city-run broadband. It is listed as a potential "market differentiator" on the city's high-level business plan concerning municipal broadband.
--more-- http://www.coloradoan.com/story/news/2017/12/13/ending-net-neutrality-could-boon-fort-collins-municipal-broadband/946923001/

6 replies, 825 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 6 replies Author Time Post
Reply More and more municipalities are setting up their own broadband (Original post)
hlthe2b Dec 2017 OP
msongs Dec 2017 #1
exboyfil Dec 2017 #2
PdxSean Dec 2017 #3
Pacifist Patriot Dec 2017 #4
alarimer Dec 2017 #5
moondust Dec 2017 #6

Response to hlthe2b (Original post)

Thu Dec 14, 2017, 02:05 PM

1. good idea. the corporations who donate to dems and repubs will not like this. they hate competition

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to hlthe2b (Original post)

Thu Dec 14, 2017, 02:07 PM

2. That is why I am thankful for my local

utility and our fiber optic broadband internet. I keep hearing rumblings about passing federal laws to shut down utility participation internet. I do wonder if accessing the trunks for these suppliers may eventually become an issue.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to hlthe2b (Original post)

Thu Dec 14, 2017, 02:07 PM

3. Cynical me.

How long before "states' rights" republicans in Congress outlaw municipal broadband?

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to PdxSean (Reply #3)


Response to PdxSean (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 14, 2017, 02:56 PM

5. They are already on it

This article is two years old, so there have been some since then. I know North Carolina banned municipal broadband in 2016. So much for local control and a free market. I guess these effective monopolies cannot compete, the poor dears. Obama launched an effort to help cities get around these laws, but I'm guessing that's null and void now.

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/qkvn4x/the-21-laws-states-use-to-crush-broadband-competition

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to hlthe2b (Original post)

Thu Dec 14, 2017, 03:02 PM

6. Here's another:

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread