At present, we can’t even go through a single moment without internet. In fact, internet has become a part and parcel of our daily life. However, the US, one of the strongest and well developed countries in the world, is trying to provide its all the citizens high speed internet. But cable companies don’t want that.
There are many cable giants who provide high speed internet in the US. Chattanooga has the largest high-speed internet service in the US, offering customers access to speeds of 1 gigabit per second, which is about 50 times faster than the US average. The service, provided by municipally owned EPB, has sparked a tech boom in the city and attracted international attention. EPB is now petitioning the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to expand its internet speed.
On the other hand, USTelecom, which represents cable giants Comcast, Time Warner and others, wants the FCC to block expansion of two popular municipally owned high speed internet networks, one in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the other in Wilson, North Carolina. So, the USTelecom called on the FCC this Friday to block two of those cities’ plans to expand high-speed internet services to their residents.
According to USTelecom, “The success of public broadband is a mixed record, with numerous examples of failures. With state taxpayers on the financial hook when a municipal broadband network goes under, it is entirely reasonable for state legislatures to be cautious in limiting or even prohibiting that activity.”
The entire situation has come to a very interesting position. At one side, people want high speed internet. On the other hand, if any cable operator or state provides high speed internet, then other cable operators have problem with that. However, now it’s time to see, what does FCC do. Stay with us.