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[–] JJEvil 0 points 104 points (+104|-0) ago 

They claim it will hurt the free market, but it isn't really a free market if only certain players are allowed to build and access the infrastructure.

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[–] taco 0 points 22 points (+22|-0) ago 

Amen to that.

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[–] Siimo 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

If only this were being pushed in big cities as well...

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[–] flyawayhigh 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Here's a 2013 story about who is behind this. Yes, it's the telecoms and ALEC

Community-Owned Internet, Long Targeted by ALEC and Big Telecom, Under Fire in Georgia

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[–] FreshieD 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

The problem is that one of those things is not like the others. Sewage and water are public utilities* and power is publicly regulated. Broadband really needs to be handled the same way.

* - in areas where the population density is high enough they can't be self-provided though private wells/septic systems

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[–] physicscat 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

That has more to do with the infrastructure in place. But if a company like Google Fiber wants to come in a lay it's OWN fiber network, nothing should stand in their way.

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[–] Pewpewpi 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Agreed. The term to describe them is oligopoly and anything short of a monopoly is better

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[–] Ben1010 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

And discriminate on delivery i.e treating some websites more than others.