24 April 2009

Cable monopolies oppose community ISP

Tired of paying out the nose for TV, internet, and phone service? So were the residents of Wilson, North Carolina. They put together a city-owned ISP that offers 81 basic cable channels, 10 MBps (upload and download) internet access, and a digital phone plan with unlimited long distance calls to the U.S. and Canada. Such a package would cost $137.95 with Time Warner Cable (and that's an introductory rate). GreenLight, Wilson's ISP, charges only $99.95.

Citing their inability to compete, TWC and Embarq are pushing for legislation that would ban community-owned ISPs.

It's time that people recognize internet service as a public utility - residents should not be held hostage by private corporate monopolies.

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