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New study: Vast majority of Americans support municipal broadband

A new Pew Research Center study this month shows 70 percent of Americans think local governments should be able to build their own high speed broadband networks.

Even broken down by party, 67 percent of those who self identify as Republicans or lean Republican and 74 percent of those who self identify as Democrats or lead Democrat support the idea.

North Carolina is pretty far behind in this respect, fighting for years to prevent municipal broadband. The courts have, so far, been on the side of state laws preventing its expansion.

There is some legislation this session to loosen things up a bit on this front.

The study also has some interesting data on how many Americans say home high speed Internet access is essential.

Read the whole study, which is worth your time.

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