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Community-owned ISP’s offering higher speeds

A report made by Ars Technica says that city-owned broadband providers are beginning to give big company ISP's a run for their money.

The report states that many municipalities are able to provide high speed symmetrical broadband that makes incumbent providers look like dial-up. Cities like Wilson, North Carolina offer 100 Mbps symmetrical connections and Chattanooga , Tennessee runs a 1 Gbps fiber network. Often these services can be obtained by consumers at a fraction of the price that corporate broadband providers would charge for a fraction of the same speed.

Despite the lower prices and higher speeds, many states have outright banned to community networks. Many of the companies feel that government funded internet providers cannot be competed against.

For more info on this story, check out the full article at ArsTechnica.com.

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