Throughout the country, companies like Comcast, Time Warner Cable, CenturyLink, and Verizon have signed agreements with cities that prohibit local governments from becoming internet service providers and prohibit municipalities from selling or leasing their fiber to local startups who would compete with these huge corporations.
This has long been true, but it’s not just the case with internet, as local municipalities have been pull this shit for decades.
Ever wonder why there is just one garbage company that serves your house? Because the city/town/county decided that was the garbage company, and you are actually not allowed to use a different company in many areas. How stupid is that?
In a country that is hellbent on ‘anti-trust legislation’ and breaking up ‘monopolies’ we allow our local governments to create these monopolies within their jurisdictions.
It drives me nuts.