Local governments directly impact the accessibility of broadband internet in an area. Regions with many broadband providers lead to greater competition. More competition equates to higher broadband costs for everyone.
Cities like Austin, Texas have successfully implemented a one service provider market. This has created more affordable prices for citizens and an integrated city that supports the growth of “smart” infrastructure.
However, this solution has a dark side. This can lead to industry monopoly and doesn’t allow people the ability to choose the services, they have a connection to. It can also lead to further merging of corporations and elected officials.
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