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!