Sacramento, California’s capital, was named one of 100 cities where AT&T might build gigabit networks. While many were pondering the seriousness of this latest fiber-to-the-press-release initiative, President Obama asked the FCC to reclassify broadband service as Title II to protect net neutrality. AT&T retaliated by petulantly threating to abandon all plans for the Gig 100 if the FCC reclassifies broadband.

Hacker Lab, together with its partner Consolidated Communications (CNSL), proved that communities needn’t fear the wrath of giant incumbents or grovel in hopes of receiving their broadband largess. Hacker Lab recently introduced constituents to the city’s first gigabit hackerspace, and what it expects to be a quickly expanding world of gigabit services. Few in Sacramento, it seems, are waiting for AT&T.
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