Many parts of America do not have broadband and go under-served by traditional Internet service providers, whether it’s because of limited resources or the provider believes there is a lack enough demand to make the investment. To address this problem, an increasing number of towns across the U.S. have decided that, as a public and commercial good, the municipality will blanket the town with WiFi, at little or no additional cost to its citizens.
Unfortunately, in some states, Internet service providers have taken the viewpoint that if they cannot provide the locale Internet access, no one should.
Public Knowledge’s Position
Public Knowledge supports municipalities that offer free or low cost WiFi to the people that live there. Broadband access is critical to a city’s economy as it gives its citizens and businesses the opportunity to compete in the global knowledge economy.
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For more information
- Read about the FTC Report on municipal wifi