DBQ Municipal Internet: Internet By and For the People

DBQ Municipal Internet: Internet By and For the People


I support municipal internet because I think
that city run internet or community run internet is the way of the future. Things that are life necessities like utilities
which internet really is one, you need it to apply for jobs, you need it to apply for
government assistance, you need it to access information. Those sorts of things should be governed by
the people and not by profits. If you don’t have net neutrality in place,
the technology now exists that carriers can limit access based on what you’re doing. So, they can identify, I am connecting to
netflix, I’m connecting to hulu, I’m connecting to microsoft. Based on what website you’re accessing, they
may say “well, that’s one of our competitors…we provide cable service, you’re using streaming
video service, that’s why you don’t have cable service from us. So, we’re going to deride that to the point
that you’d rather buy our cable service than use a streaming video service. Net neutrality blocks that from happening. I support the campaign for municipal internet
for a number of reasons, principally it’s a way of ensuring continued net neutrality. When the FCC announced the repeal, Cedar Falls,
which has municipal internet said, “we will always have a neutral internet.” It’s just a very straightforward very easy
way of securing that. I’m particularly concerned that at least 5000
residents have either one choice or zero choices in internet service providers. I think the lack of competition in our community
makes it so that internet service providers don’t have to keep up their infrastructure,
they don’t have to provide fast internet, they have no incentives, and they don’t care
about the people in Dubuque. I think more or less they have a monopoly
and they can price gouge they don’t have an incentive to provide fiber to residents as
opposed to corporate entities and businesses. So, they’re providing us poorer service for
more cost than a municipal internet service would and if you look at other countries you
can see that we are paying more for poorer internet service than they are. Cable internet was great 15 years ago when
I was in college, there’s a lot better options now. I think that a city that is committed to resilience
and the well-being of all of it’s citizens needs to prioritize the internet. There’s a number of people in our community,
middle schoolers, high schoolers who would really benefit from having internet in their
home, and if we can figure out a way to make it more affordable to get internet in homes
that haven’t previously had internet, I think that would be beneficial. If nothing else, even if you’re not sure about
whether we should have municipal internet or not, you should sign it so that we force
the city council to explore the option to see what it really means. Municipal Internet is a matter of equity,
that I want make sure that everybody in Dubuque has access to the internet so that can pursue
jobs, pursue education and be successful.

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