Local governments invest in the public good.
Local governments spend millions building electric systems, water lines, roads, and bridges. They subsidize the development of airports, sports stadiums, and public parks. Hundreds of communities across the U.S. have now also invested in municipal broadband networks.
These networks serve many different purposes. Some only connect community anchor institutions, such as government buildings and libraries. Others connect businesses and industrial parks. More than 100 communities have citywide publicly owned fiber networks that provide residents with affordable, high-quality Internet access.
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