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Success in Publicly Owned Broadband

Comcast just doubled its broadband speeds in the entire state of Colorado — but without raising rates. Longmont, Colorado’s network take rate after one week of signing up subscribers exceeded its projections for the first year. Thomasville, Georgia’s municipal network, started in 1999, generates so much money that it helped eliminate constituents’ taxes.

As surely as there are death and Kim Kardashian memes, incumbent-led critics will claim all public-owned broadband networks are failures that put taxpayer dollars at risk. From a similar bottle of fine whine, they’ll protest that public networks are overwhelmingly unfair competition. Promoting these contradicting myths has led to 20 states with laws restricting these networks.

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