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thetrekkiehasthephonebox: heroofthreefaces: liberalsarecool: liberalsarecool: The internet is a utility. Imagine the phone company throttling your calls or picking which phone calls you can receive? “Imagine the phone company throttling your calls or picking which phone calls you can receive?“ The fastest internet in the United States is not private. It is operated as a utility. Chattanooga. The city was updating the power grid and the people working on it realized that putting in the infrastructure for high speed internet at the same time would not be that much more expensive. So that’s what they did. And a bunch of ISPs sued the city to try to stop them. Because guess what? Despite all the rhetoric in favor of the “free market”, these companies don’t actually want real competition. So now Chattanooga has the fastest internet speeds in the entire country. It also has some of the cheapest costs in the entire country because it is run like a utility and owned by the city. The sad part about this is that those same ISPs that sued are trying to get cities and states to pass laws to make what Chattanooga did essentially illegal. CNN did an article on it a few years back: http://money.cnn.com/2014/05/20/technology/innovation/chattanooga-internet/index.html : Dave Anthony @daveanthony Nationalize the internet. We paid to develop it. We dropped 400 billion for infrastructure that the companies never completed and just kept. Why the fuck should private companies restrict it? Fuck them Nationalize it 11/22/17, 1:36 AM thetrekkiehasthephonebox: heroofthreefaces: liberalsarecool: liberalsarecool: The internet is a utility. Imagine the phone company throttling your calls or picking which phone calls you can receive? “Imagine the phone company throttling your calls or picking which phone calls you can receive?“ The fastest internet in the United States is not private. It is operated as a utility. Chattanooga. The city was updating the power grid and the people working on it realized that putting in the infrastructure for high speed internet at the same time would not be that much more expensive. So that’s what they did. And a bunch of ISPs sued the city to try to stop them. Because guess what? Despite all the rhetoric in favor of the “free market”, these companies don’t actually want real competition. So now Chattanooga has the fastest internet speeds in the entire country. It also has some of the cheapest costs in the entire country because it is run like a utility and owned by the city. The sad part about this is that those same ISPs that sued are trying to get cities and states to pass laws to make what Chattanooga did essentially illegal. CNN did an article on it a few years back: http://money.cnn.com/2014/05/20/technology/innovation/chattanooga-internet/index.html
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