The Frontrunner in the Race to be a “Gigabyte State.”

The incumbent cable and telcos are not standing idly by. The New England Cable Television Association, NECTA (essentially speaking for Comcast) has fired at the plan, variously claiming that (a) the state already has adequate capacity, so no one needs a gig, (b) if gig networks are needed, they’ve already been built, (c) if new networks are built via the Connecticut plan (a plan supported by the four largest cities in the state as well as 42 other towns), taxpayers will have to pay for them. None of this is true. As one online commenter on a NECTA op-ed puts it, “This guy is saying that the cable companies are your friend. Friends like them we don’t need.”

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