Colorado City Takes The Internet Into Their Own HandsBy: Zach Walton - July 19, 2012
It’s pretty awesome that Google is bringing Fiber Internet to the folks in Kansas City. It’s not so awesome for Time Warner Cable as they are terrified of the competition. It seems the movement to affordable, faster Internet is beginning to spread with one city offering cheap Internet to its residents and local businesses.
Longmont, Colorado is a pretty unique city. The residents voted in 2011 to get rid of a statute that prevents the city from offering Internet to its citizens. Before that, residents had to contend with the high prices and low speeds that are emblematic of current ISPs.
At the moment, the fiber network in Longmont will be used to service local businesses, but the TimesCall noties that about 1,100 homes could connect to the service as well. These people are just biting at the bit to get the fiber network up and running with over 57 percent of residents at a city council meeting opting for the network to go up immediately.
Of course, a city isn’t Google. They don’t have the resources to just roll out a new fiber network like that. Still, city officials believe that they can build out the network now as revenue allows and then start building more once they get more business.
This is just one city, but we have to look at the bigger picture here. This is a city that’s rebelling against the major ISPs and offering its citizens a cheaper alternative. Even Google is still a major corporation that could one day fall to the dark side of ISPs. With this, the Internet becomes an affordable city utility like trash or water.
As we move towards a world that is more connected and the Internet becomes more prevalent, expect to see more things like this. Obviously, not every city will be able to offer fiber networks to their residents, but it’s entirely possible to see communities start offering cheaper Internet to their residents. Some cities already offer free wireless in public locations such as libraries and parks. It’s not too much of a stretch to see cities expanding that reach over a wider area.