Ten years ago, the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee built its own high-speed Internet network, and today Chattanooga's publicly owned Internet infrastructure (''public broadband" or "municipal broadband'? is faster and more affordable than almost anywhere else in the world. In this Article, I make the case for why other communities currently underserved by private broadband providers should consider building their own high-speed broadband networks and treating Internet as an essential public service akin to water or electricity, and I explore means by which these communities can overcome the legal and political hurdles they may face along the way.
A Light in Digital Darkness: Public Broadband after Tennessee v. FCC,
Yale J.L. & Tech
Available at: https://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/yjolt/vol20/iss1/6