Key findings from our municipal broadband investigation

Key findings:

  • More than 130 U.S. cities currently offer a fiber or cable Internet connection to residents.
  • Twenty states in the U.S. ban or restrict municipal broadband, cities say those bans stifle economic growth.
  • Rather than invest in infrastructure, big telecom has spent millions lobbying, donating to state lawmakers and litigating to keep bans alive.
  • AT&T's political action committee gave $13.6 million to state lawmaker campaigns during the 2012 election cycle.
  • FCC is considering pre-empting state law on municipal broadband, public comment period ends Friday, Aug. 29.
  • FCC's municipal broadband authority could come down to a footnote from an appeals court ruling earlier this year.