Expand publicly-owned broadband in Washington State

Cable customers in Tacoma pay less than their neighbors in Seattle. Why? Because Tacoma has its own municipally-owned cable/broadband/telephone utility which competes with private providers and drives down prices. A new bill before the Washington State Senate would expand the opportunity for this kind of competition, by allowing public utility districts to operate their own telecommmunications and broadband services.

Telecom companies across the country are trying to convince state legislatures to ban municipal broadband utilities because they don't like the competition. In Washington State, however, we have a chance to do the opposite, and actually expand the ability of local governments to provide crucial public services for the information age.

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