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Municipal Broadband Networks

Cite as: 5 GEO. L. TECH. REV. 148 (2021)


Nine out of ten Americans describe high-speed internet service as either essential or important.1 Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, during which internet connections served as a primary means of connecting to a socially-distanced world, internet access was considered critical for individual, social, and economic advancement.2 More than fifteen years ago, President George W. Bush announced a goal of “universal, affordable access for broadband technology” by 2007.3 However, as of year-end 2018, while 94.4 percent of Americans overall had access to 25/3 Mbps broadband, 22.3 percent of rural Americans did not.4

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Tim O'Shea

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. 2022; George Mason University, B.A. 2019, Government and International Politics