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March 23, 2011 / Omar J. Peters

Cities With Their Own Broadband Internet

Ars Technica posts on the phenomenon of cities establishing their own broadband Internet services.

There are several benefits to a city operating it’s own network: It can offer services that private companies don’t, such as 1-gigabit per second network in Chattanooga, TN, larger penetration to offer the service to more residents (even the marginalized), and keeping value locally instead of a large faraway corporation.

Currently, 133 U.S. cities have their own network.  The group, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) composed a Google mash-up map of these cities.


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