We used our fiber optic system to interconnect the schools

canada goose Saving net neutrality canada goose

Canada Goose online If the Facebook privacy debacle has shown canada goose uk black friday one thing, it’s that technology companies have become immensely powerful and seemingly accountable to no one. Recent federal rollbacks of net neutrality and online privacy protections have put Americans in an even weaker position when dealing with Internet service providers. Canada Goose online

canada goose coats But there is a way for the public to push back: through Internet service provided by local governments, which are directly accountable to citizens. canada goose coats

buy canada goose jacket As the chief information officer for Concord, Mass., I’ve overseen the creation of a successful municipal broadband system by treating Internet service like what it really canada goose factory sale is a public utility, like water and electricity. We’re providing Canada Goose https://www.radondenvercolorado.com Outlet residents with broadband Internet service that is inexpensive and reliable and respects net neutrality and privacy principles. buy canada goose jacket

Canada Goose Parka Internet service providers often find themselves on lists of the most hated companies in America. But in our latest customer survey, 90 percent said they’d Canada Goose Parka recommend our service to a friend. Canada Goose Parka

canada goose coats on sale So how did we do it? canada goose coats on sale

canada goose store More than a decade ago, we started hearing that the available broadband options cable and DSL were not meeting our residents‘ needs, and Verizon wasn’t going to build Fios in our town. Indeed, there are many communities in the United States, especially low income areas, that are severely underserved by the big telecoms because the companies don’t think offering good service would be profitable enough. An astounding 1 in canada goose uk outlet 3 rural residents does not have access to high speed Internet. canada goose store

Canada Goose sale Concord has had a municipal electric utility since the early 1900s. At our town meeting in 2009, citizens approved a plan for the utility to build a fiber uk canada goose outlet optic network because it needed upgrades to support such „smart grid“ functions as advanced meter cheap canada goose uk reading and load management programs. And in 2013, the town meeting approved a plan to use that network to provide Internet service. Canada Goose sale

canada goose deals Although we spent money to invest in this new infrastructure, once we started working on the system, we found that we could save money. We used our fiber optic system to interconnect the schools, library, other town buildings and water system sites, saving tens of thousands of dollars a year on expensive uk canada goose and cheap Canada Goose increasingly unreliable telephone lines. Once we started providing our own Internet service, the town saved even more. canada goose deals

canadian goose jacket Four years ago, we wired the first homes in Concord for public Internet. More than 300 people indicated their interest on the first day we announced, and it took us quite a while canada goose coats on sale to catch up with that. To control costs, we planned for long, smooth upward growth, adding about 25 new customers per Canada Goose Jackets month. The demand has been so great that we don’t even advertise we depend solely on word of mouth. canadian goose jacket

canada goose black friday sale We have simple, flat rate pricing without any of the canadian goose jacket confusing packages that customers of private telecoms have to deal with and we don’t raise the price every year or two. In fact, canada goose clearance sale twice in four years we have increased Internet speeds with no price hike. canada goose black friday sale

Canada Goose Outlet Our Internet service operates under rules set not by a for profit company but by locally elected leaders and residents who volunteer to serve on the service’s board. We canada goose strictly abide by canada goose jackets the principles of free Canada Goose online speech and net neutrality, which Canada Goose Coats On Sale means that all Internet traffic is treated equally. We also protect privacy by not sharing customer information with anyone. Canada Goose Outlet

canada goose clearance sale Some people object to municipal canada goose uk shop broadband out of concern that it could end up costing the government money. While that’s possible, there are many ways to do it responsibly and economically. Fiber optic cable is the type of decades long infrastructure investment that municipalities are generally good at managing, such as sewer systems and roads. canada goose clearance sale

cheap Canada Goose In Concord, we issued bonds to get started, and they will eventually be repaid by revenue from customers. So canada goose black friday sale far, broadband revenue is covering our operating costs. The debt is financing the cost of adding about 300 customers per year, and we project that by 2020, revenue will be covering these expansion costs as well. On top of that, there are the benefits that come with being a place that offers high quality, high speed Internet to homes and businesses. cheap Canada Goose

Canada Goose Jackets Hundreds of other cities, towns and counties are also providing Internet service in various ways. For communities that don’t already own their electric utility as buy canada goose jacket cheap we do, it’s harder to get started but Canada Goose Online still possible. In Leverett, Mass., which had very poor cell and cable service, the town decided to borrow funds to build a fiber optic network to every buy canada goose jacket house. To operate the service, it contracted canada goose coats with another municipality’s electric utility that was already providing Internet. Canada Goose sale Now anyone in Leverett can get broadband for about $50 canada goose clearance per month. Canada Goose Jackets

buy canada goose jacket cheap The lesson from our experience is clear: Washington canada goose store and the big telecoms are letting us down, but local leaders can protect people’s rights and expand access to quality Internet with municipal broadband buy canada goose jacket cheap.

Dieser Beitrag wurde in Meta veröffentlicht. Ein Lesezeichen auf das Permalink. setzen. Kommentieren oder einen Trackback hinterlassen: Trackback-URL.