Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Wednesday January 27, 2016

Washington Law Would Let Counties Sell Broadband Service When Comcast Won’t

Recently proposed legislation in Washington state is trying to give counties the right to offer broadband service to residents when providers like Comcast refuse to.

In short, if your area has a dominant Internet service provider (meaning that it offers service to more than 51% of the municipality), but that ISP isn’t willing or is unable to provide service to certain residents, then the ban on retail sales would be lifted. To Rolfes, this "limited and prescribed" approach to retail county-owned broadband is a way to provide residents with a much-needed service without the government encroaching on the cable company’s business.