Feb 15, 2013

Municipal Broadband Banned in Georgia

Boy Genius reports that Georgia legislature is banning towns, villages, and counties from supplying broadband internet if one house within a census tract can receive 1.5 Mbps internet by any means. So if you can get satellite internet... your town can't step in where laying cable is not profitable enough for cable and telephone companies. This is similar to Monroe, NJ having a town owned electric company that vastly more responsive than PSE&G the private sector supplier to the rest of the state after Hurricane Sandy. Philadelphia actually has a municipal wireless ISP www.wirelessphiladelphia.net that competes directly with wired ISP Cabletown... I mean Commcast (I miss 30 Rock).

Another failure of the private sector, buttressed by conservative legislature who are willing to prostitute themselves out.