It is duplicitous to suggest that the incumbents represent the “free market” against “government-subsidized” municipal networks. Incumbents are incumbents precisely because they have had the weight and resources of government to back them up for years. Furthermore, they have had backing from those levels of government - the federal and state - which are least pervious to direct participation by local residents. Municipal networks, funded by the public and accountable to the public, represent a balance to the domination of telecommunications infrastructure by huge corporations which have long enjoyed substantial government subsidy. Banning or restricting municipal networks will end this effort to create a level playing field.
New Community Broadband Map
We have re-launched the interactive community broadband map! The new version allows you to hide or show layers and now incorporates our other map showing state barriers to publicly owned networks.
This is a screenshot:
We are excited to have the ability to hide / show layers as it will enable us to continue adding new varieties of community networks to the map without making to too cluttered.