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With Net Neutrality on the Chopping Block, Communities Are Taking Matters into Their Own Hands—and Scaring the Hell out of Comcast | Huffington Post

“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”
~ Newton’s Third Law of Motion

The reaction to losing Net Neutrality, if it comes to that, may very well be a surge of Public Internet Service provided by local government. The folks in Colorado are busy exploring the option.


“…There’s another way we can fight for an open Internet

Last week, 19 towns across Colorado voted to allow the exploration of creating a local, public alternative to expensive private providers…

Not everyone was excited. Industry groups spent more than $450,000 campaigning against the measure. In fact, the very reason Colorado towns had to vote ‘yes’ before even exploring public broadband is because of an industry-backed state law requiring municipalities to jump through hoops to take control of their Internet infrastructure. (The industry has successfully pushed similar legislation in over 20 states.)…”

~ Donald Cohen

READ MORE: With Net Neutrality on the Chopping Block, Communities Are Taking Matters into Their Own Hands—and Scaring the Hell out of Comcast | Huffington Post


 Be aware. Be fair.

 

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends–with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.

10 Comments

  1. stuartbramhall

    This is a highly encouraging development. Americans seem to be waking up.

    Reply
  2. smilecalm

    may we all band together
    & stop drinking their koolaid 🙂

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    • JoAnn Chateau

      Right on, Smilecalm, let’s “stop drinking their koolaid.” Wouldn’t it be ironic (and hilarious) if the push by ISPs to kill Net Neutrality… actually put them out of business?

      Reply
  3. John Fioravanti

    I’m grateful our PM Trudeau has vowed to fight against Internet controls.

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    • JoAnn Chateau

      I’m always glad for Canada and what your country models, John. In the U.S. every city or county, maybe state, will need to fight an independent battle against corporate powers in order to provide public Internet service. (I would guess) this will go on until it reaches a point of utter absurdity and D.C. finally caves in to reason.

      Reply
  4. Animalista Untamed

    America’s federation of states has some big advantages when it comes to keeping freedoms.

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    • JoAnn Chateau

      Thanks for pointing that out, Animalista. The states provide another layer of check & balance on the federal government. They also have the power to call for a Constitutional amendment (at least 39 states in agreement).

      Reply
  5. Ken Dowell

    This is good news. Hope it spreads to other parts of the country.

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    • JoAnn Chateau

      Amen, Ken. When Washington goes bonkers, it’s up to city mayors and state governors to lead. (Like they’re doing with climate action.)

      Reply

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