August 13, 2014 by David K. Sutton
We The People Should Democratize Internet Access
Internet access in 2014 is not a luxury, it is a necessity. It is a prerequisite for education. It is a prerequisite for commerce. It is a prerequisite for participation in modern society, which means it is imperative that every American have fast and affordable access to the internet. So why not democratize our internet access? After all, the internet started as a government initiative, it’s hardly a radical idea to make public such a vital service.
Internet speeds in the U.S. average out around 20.77 megabits per second, which is less than half of the average internet speed in Hong Kong, which has the world’s fastest internet.
For a country like ours, the country that invented the internet and is home to some of the world’s most powerful tech companies, this is just embarrassing.
But now residents of the small town of Rockport, Maine will get to experience the kind of super high-speed internet that the rest of the world has access to on a daily basis.
That’s because on Monday, Rockport officially launched its very own municipally-owned fiber-optic internet network.
Let’s face it, there is no competition when it comes to our choices for internet access. Most people only have one or two options, and I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of only having so few options for internet access. I welcome a third (public) option.