Breaking News Bar
posted: 5/7/2014 5:01 AM

Towns should cooperate for faster Internet

hello
Success - Article sent! close
 

An access plate in the lawn in front of my house says that fiber optic cable is buried below. I occasionally wonder why I've never heard from some company that wants to sell me faster Internet service via fiber optic cable. Maybe a Chicago Sun-Times editorial (April 28) explains why: "The Internet was invented in America, but we've dropped to 31st in the world in download speeds partly because there's not enough competition among Internet service providers, a problem that will get worse if the Comcast takeover of Time Warner Cable is approved."

With a controversy brewing also over the issue of Net neutrality, The New York Times (April 28) reports that more than 400 towns and cities across America have "installed or are planning" their own fiber optic systems to provide residents with Internet access that is fast and relatively cheap. In Santa Monica, Calif., cited as an example, businesses already not only get much faster Internet access via the municipal fiber optic City Net but also pay about a third as much as it would otherwise cost them.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

When Arlington Heights and nearby communities got together to buy electricity, I noticed an immediate drop in my electricity bill. Wouldn't it be great if they would get together also to offer residents faster and cheaper Internet access? Some of the groundwork seems already to have been done.

Richard Frisbie

Arlington Heights

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
    help here