Is it time to consider broadband internet a “public utility?”
So I was reading the Axios article on “Pandemic puts money, political muscle behind broadband”
As I was reading this I was thinking about how much the pandemic has accelerated society’s dependence on Broadband internet.
- People working from home (as in me half the time)
- School from home (even after the pandemic)
- Telemedicine (lifeline) I have a family member that uses a Google hub for telemedicine
- emergency broadcast system via IOT equipment and/or TV streaming
There are many more situations I am sure this community could add to this list. But we know that people use the internet today for more than just Facebook I feel it is time that the internet is considered a public utility.
Now, this is not the first time the proposal has been discussed, but the past year has really accelerated the discussion. There have been some talking points around this issue.
Could there be a “public utility” tier that would block certain websites (ie social media and entertainment)
Would tier’s have speed restrictions.
Basic tier IP live TV comes to people’s TV.
So many splinter questions to discuss. I would appreciate the community’s thoughts on the subject.