While we typically focus on the 901, I'd like to bring your attention to the 423, Chattanooga, TN. You may not know this, but our friends in the southeast of Tennessee have the fastest, most affordable internet in the United States. However, Comcast and AT&T hate that and will do whatever they can to stop it from spreading.
The local power company EPB, who is owned by the city of Chattanooga, offers 100 Mbps, 1 Gbps, and 10 Gbps internet connections for affordable prices. Chattanooga treats the internet not as a luxury but as a utility, necessary for all.
EPB wants to expand outside of Chattanooga to the rural areas in east Tennessee where residents have satellite, dial-up, or no internet at all. However, lobbyists from large telecom companies such as Comcast and AT&T pushed a law which made it illegal for EPB to expand. EPB has been fighting for years to repeal this law, and they even petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to have the law overturned.
This year it looked like EPB would catch a break while the Tennessee State Legislature was considering a bill let would let EPB expand its coverage. However, the state passed the Broadband Accessibility Act of 2017, which gives telecom companies $45 million in taxpayer money over the next three years to build internet infrastructure in rural areas.
EPB, on the other hand, is a profitable company who was going to expand their coverage to customers with their own money or private loans, costing the taxpayers nothing. So, in other words, Tennessee lawmakers are giving $45 million in taxpayer money to provide their normal slow internet services, but EPB could have provided much faster service without taxpayer money. Essentially this means taxpayers in those areas will be paying for their internet twice.
I think it's time to reconsider who we vote for Tennesseans unless you like overpriced, slow internet. Or ignore this, and enjoy Comcast selling your browsing history.