Remove Barriers to Affordable, High-Speed Internet Access

Network cables. Symbol of being connected.

Target: Federal Communications Chairman, Tom Wheeler

Goal: Keep the U.S. globally competitive by supporting affordable community broadband.

The United States developed the Internet, but it can’t be globally competitive without affordable broadband access to the Internet. However, 19 states with anti-consumer laws block local broadband development. This country once stood for opportunity, but now it allows Big Cable and Internet companies to block affordable broadband without which opportunity is severely limited. How can such an un-American policy be defended when it clearly prevents the movement of intestate commerce?

From education to the economy, from the arts to the environment, everyone needs to be connected and speed is critical if that connection is going to be effective. Cities and towns are exploring their own solutions and working to free themselves of cable domination. Municipal broadband, acting in support of local needs, could deliver the connectivity people need at prices they can afford. It should not be denied them.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has recognized how lacking most Americans are in competitive choices for broadband. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has said, “Three-quarters of American homes have no competitive choice for the essential infrastructure for 21st century economics and democracy. Included in that is almost 20 percent who have no service at all.”

Monied interests block broadband access in 19 states. These companies want to preserve their ability to deliver slow speeds at premium prices, which exploit the people’s need for being connected. Help remove un-American barriers to local and affordable broadband by signing the petition below.


Dear FCC Chairman Wheeler,

Petitions submitted by two cities in North Carolina and Tennessee caused you to preempt barriers to the development of municipal broadband, which is to be commended. However, you only brought this action against the two states that petitioned you.

What is wrong for two states is wrong across the United States. Anti-consumer laws in 19 states keep people and businesses unfairly tied to cable giants. The law, literally, denies their ability to be competitive by developing faster and more efficient broadband access. At the end of 2014, over a quarter of U.S. households still had no Internet connection due to cost. We’re being held hostage and it’s costing us our competitiveness.

Community broadband, serving local needs at affordable prices, should be allowed to compete directly with cable giants in every state. You’ve said as much yourself: There are a few irrefutable truths about broadband. One is you can’t say you’re for broadband, and then turn around and endorse limits.” I strongly agree, which is why all barriers to broadband access should be outlawed as monopolistic interference with interstate commerce and the Community Broadband Act should be supported.


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