Advocates Push for Publicly Owned Fiber-Optic Cable Network in Bozeman
By Hart Real Estate Solutions, Broker/Owner
(Hart Real Estate Solutions)
Under a new proposal brought to the Bozeman City Commission, Bozeman may dig public cable lines to address the poor service and high prices of private internet/cable providers. Advocates pushing a publicly owned fiber-optic cable network say that digging public lines would increase competition among internet providers, helping improve their services and prices. The city would not provide Internet access directly but would install a common network that could be leased by private companies. Without needing heavy, upfront capital, the addition of small, private companies into the market could increase the current competition. As more businesses store their valuable information online, having affordable, reliable connections becomes all the more important. Considering two thirds of busines...