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Submission + - Hundreds of Cities Are Wired With Fiber—But Telecom Lobbying Keeps It Unus

Jason Koebler writes: In light of the ongoing net neutrality battle, many people have begun looking to Google and its promise of high-speed fiber as a potential saving grace from companies that want to create an "internet fast lane." Well, the fact is, even without Google, many communities and cities throughout the country are already wired with fiber—they just don't let their residents use it.
Throughout the country, companies like Comcast, Time Warner Cable, CenturyLink, and Verizon have signed agreements with cities that prohibit local governments from becoming internet service providers and prohibit municipalities from selling or leasing their fiber to local startups who would compete with these huge corporations.
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Hundreds of Cities Are Wired With Fiber—But Telecom Lobbying Keeps It Unus

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