Germany is a world-leader in the design of expensive luxury cars, and has a network of freeways with no speed limits where you can push these cars to their ecstatic edge. But most urban travel in Germany happens on bikes, feet, or civilized and useful public transit systems in pleasant and sustainable cities. Transit’s purpose is to appeal to massive numbers of diverse riders, not chase the choosy few who would rather be on the Autobahn.
In 2004, the [Lafayette, Louisiana] utilities system decided to provide a fiber-to-the-home [Internet] service. [...]
From 2007 to mid-2011, people living in Lafayette saved $5.7 million on telecommunications services. [...]
According to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance [...] these community-owned networks are generally faster, more reliable and cheaper than those of the private carriers, and provide better customer service. [...]
In 2011, six Time Warner lobbyists persuaded the North Carolina legislature to pass a “level playing field” bill making it impossible for cities in that state to create their own high-speed Internet access networks.
Thanks, Time Warner Cable!