CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — President Obama announced executive actions on Wednesday to expand high-speed Internet access and make it more affordable, including an effort to spur the creation of municipal broadband networks that could challenge the nation’s large telecommunications companies.
“In too many places across America, some big companies are doing everything they can to keep out competitors,” Mr. Obama said at Cedar Falls Utilities, a municipal service that provides one-gigabit broadband — 100 times the national average speed — to a city of 40,000. “We've got to change that — enough’s enough.”
Pointing to Cedar Falls as the “guinea pig” for unfettered expansion of broadband service, Mr. Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to override state laws that keep communities from providing high-speed Internet.
New York Times
By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS JAN. 14, 2015
Back in 2004 then Coatesville Assistant City Manager Jean Krack was thinking of high-speed Internet access when he put 50 times as much fiber optic cable under Lincoln Highway than was necessary for the operation of surveillance cameras and camera operated smart traffic signals. Jean also went to Downingtown and Caln to see if they were interested in extending the fiber optic smart traffic signal and surveillance system in their communities. They were and they did.
But now we have our "Don't even think about competing with Verizon Fios law in Pennsylvania. Verizon completed building the Verizon Fios fiber optic cable service and the more rural areas of Pennsylvania where Verizon can't make quick profits will never see Verizon Fios.
Only a small part of the fiber optic cable under the Lincoln Highway for the traffic signal and surveillance camera system in Coatesville, Caln and Downingtown is used.
Former Coatesville City Manager Jean Krack had the vision to put 50 times more fiber optic cable than needed under the Lincoln Highway between Coatesville and Downingtown in anticipation of a Gigabit-per-second Internet speed.
In 2010 Chattanooga Tennessee became America's first Gig City. Chattanooga has attracted companies like Volkswagen, Olsten and Amazon fulfillment services to create more than seven thousand new jobs and spur dozens of new small and medium-sized businesses.
“Chattanooga rolled out a fiber-optic network a few years ago that now offers speeds of up to 1000 Megabits per second, or 1 gigabit, for just $70 a month.”
By James O'Toole @jtotoole May 20, 2014: 5:53 PM ET
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