""In the past 18 months, over 50 communities have taken steps to build their own bridges across the digital divide," Wheeler continued. "The efforts of communities wanting better broadband should not be thwarted by the political power of those who, by protecting their monopoly, have failed to deliver acceptable service at an acceptable price.""
This is exactly why this ruling is important, we have many people who want to compete in this market but they are being shut out by the entrenched providers. We had a similar fight over telephone lines decades ago and all we heard was how horrible everything was going to be, yet service improved and rates dropped. Now the wired telephone is becoming a thing of the past and I think the broadband providers need to think long and hard about that. They are fighting for control of copper cables that will soon be obsolete. If they don't want to pull fiber but someone else does, then they need to get out of the way. They can hug their networks and squeeze every last penny out of them but at the rate they are moving cellular connections into the home are going to pass them in performance and price, at that point they are sunk.