Tennessee Could Give Taxpayers America's Fastest Internet For Free, But It Will Give Comcast and AT&T $45 Million Instead
"Tennessee will literally be paying AT&T to provide a service 1000 times slower than what Chattanooga could provide without subsidies."
"For a few years, we basically tracked every single city that was considering building its own network. Now, we’re struggling to keep up."
The ballot measures will circumvent a state law banning cities from competing with Comcast and other big telecom companies.
In Louisville, AT&T lawyers are once again wielding a lawsuit to impede progress.
The city "put a nail in the coffin of telephone and cable monopolies."
"For too long we’ve been making do with satellite, DSL or wireless internet. Fiber will render these as obsolete as a dial-up connection."
"We want to blow this thing up, and we want disruptive services at disruptive pricing," the city says.
And if you're not getting it, your town is getting screwed.
When finalized, more than 50 American cities will have joined a coalition dedicated to bringing fast, reliable internet to residents.
It's astroturfing and fearmongering at its finest—and most extreme.
It's not just the lobbyists (though they certainly help).
A series of patronizing, untruthful fliers were distributed by big telecom to sway the vote to create a municipally owned fiber network.