Cities and towns are now taking the lead to improve their residents’ internet connections. Due to lack of competition between internet providers in many cities, municipal governments are taking the initiative to do something about it themselves. Many cities have already began implementing solutions, and hundreds more are looking over options to begin doing so.
According to Ars Technica, there are many options that these cities are looking to implement in order to bring about faster, cheaper internet. On solution is the “dig once” policy which requires that the city lay down tubing for cable fiber anytime they dig for sewer or electrical purposes. This saves both money and time.
Other cities, like Worchester, Massachusetts, hometown of Laurene Powell Jobs, have stated that they don’t want the company in their town.
Finally, some cities, such as Wilson, North Carolina, are building their own networks when private market network solutions don’t pan out.