The truth behind Marsha Cashburn's stance against municipal broadband.

The truth behind Marsha Cashburn’s stance against municipal broadband.

The Consumerist reports Study: Broadband Still Slower, More Expensive In U.S. Than In Europe, Asia, with one bright spot:

Last year’s report found that Americans were paying more for broadband access than our counterparts abroad, and getting worse service for it.

This year’s data paint a similar picture. Overall, our national average broadband speeds are still lower, and our prices higher, than what customers in similarly-sized cities in Europe and Asia get.

That’s not to say that all consumers in the U.S. are chugging along with terrible connections, though. In fact, the seven top-ranking cities, all tied at first place with symmetrical gigabit connections, include three cities in Asia and four in the U.S. Seoul, Hong Kong, and Tokyo are tied for first place along with Chattanooga, TN; Kansas City, KS; Kansas City, MO; and Lafayette, LA.

If that list of cities sounds familiar, it’s because Chattanooga is the country’s go-to example of just how great municipal broadband can be, and the Kansas City area is where Google Fiber first launched. Lafayette also has a well-regarded public fiber utility. – The Consumerist

So for all the money flowing into Marsha Blackburn (Cashburn’s) pocket, Chattanooga TN and it’s Municipal Broadband is one fo the few US Cities competitive with the rest of the world. –  The FCC wants to let cities build their own broadband. House Republicans disagree.

This week, the House of Representatives approved legislation from Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) that would make it harder for cities to build publicly-owned broadband networks. The proposal is a shot at Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler, who wants to remove state-level restrictions on municipal networks; Blackburn’s legislation would forbid the FCC from removing those restrictions. This is the latest escalation of a long-running war between municipal broadband supporters and incumbent broadband companies that have relentlessly opposed municipal broadband proposals. –

Who’s really fostering competition, the FCC or the Conservative Republicans? Oddly, the best capitalists in this argument, is the FCC.  We are falling behind globally. That is the cost of lining Marsha Cashburn’s pockets and the cost of her re-election.  Re-election costs money. The telecoms and broadband providers paid it and now we are paying it with slower speeds and lack of municipal options.