Do you ever wonder why your city has terrible broadband internet? Why there is limited or no competition for providing internet service to your home? Why Google didn’t put your city on the list of places it is considering for gigabit fiber? If you are lucky you have a choice of two internet providers, one of them a telecom company and the other a cable company, both of which charge more for slower service than you can get in most other countries.
Well, here is your answer. This article, written by the former CTO for the city of Seattle is specific to that city, but explains in detail why every last problem with getting better broadband in this country is political. And many of these problems would be trivial to solve, and yet we don’t.
Why? Unfortunately, the article does not mention the real problem, which is that the incumbent companies (those same telecoms and cable companies) like being able to charge lots of money for substandard service. And your politicians are only too happy to take their campaign contributions and keep it that way.
And don’t think Google is installing gigabit fiber out of the kindness of their hearts. They will gain tremendously from people having faster internet. In the end, we are at the mercy of moneyed interests fighting it out.