- Digital Equity - Virtually every high income household in Cambridge has broadband. Only 50% of low income households have broadband.
- Monopoly - Most people are limited to one option for broadband.
- Expensive - A Harvard study has shown that municipal broadband is less expensive than commercial broadband and that municipal pricing is straightforward and easy to understand (no teaser pricing and confusing bundles).
- Customer Service - Comcast is consistently rated WORST in the entire country. Consumer Reports has found that some of the most loved ISPs are municipal systems.
- Privacy - Commercial ISPs want to sell your browsing data. A municipal system won’t.
- Transit - Cambridge has a transit crisis--municipal internet will make remote work more effective.
- Image - The current infrastructure is not representative of our high tech, world class city.
- City-owned network - like water and street lights
- Access - available to everyone, regardless of ability to pay
- Just an ISP - private companies still provide services like Netflix and HBO
- Fast - fiber to the home is much faster than Comcast will ever be
- Privacy - the city won’t sell your data
- Net Neutrality - city won’t slow down Netflix or other services
- Local Control - No anti-consumer practices, data caps, mandatory bundles, or rate hikes
- Gigabit fiber to every home in Cambridge
- About the price of a new school in Cambridge
- Look to benchmark cities for guidance (there are over 100 communities that already have municipal fiber)
- Endorse - say “I support municipal fiber for internet access as a public utility”
- Leadership - advocate for municipal broadband
- Participate - join the conversation in our Google group