The Obama administration is looking to make it easier for cities to build publicly owned broadband networks. And a read of the excellent October 2014 “Cost of Connectivity” report from the New America Foundation makes it clear why. Start with the good news it offers for the United States: in a handful of cities, Americans are enjoying world-class speeds.
And the prices are pretty darn affordable.
This achievement is really impressive when you consider that Chattanooga, Kansas City, and Lafayette aren’t even remotely as dense as Seoul or Hong Kong or Tokyo, which get similar speeds. When we put our minds to it in this country, we can do great things. And what works for Chattanooga could work even better in bigger cities like Chicago or Miami.
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