Public utilities formed to provide electricity and water where private companies wouldn’t. Let them do the same thing for the internet. Sean Gallup / GETTY
If you’ve read the stories about kids attending remote school in parking lots just for the wifi, then you know Washington fails to live up to its reputation as a tech hub when it comes to actually connecting people to the internet.
The problem remains especially salient in “unserved and underserved communities,” which is the phrase politicians use when they mean rural and urban areas that internet providers refuse to serve because it’s unprofitable to do so.
Though most people conceive of broadband
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