Cities themselves can choose to create a city-wide municipal internet solution and charge much less than the large internet companies. They can also put in solutions for low income residents, such as free internet or wireless internet into their homes as a result. This allows taxpayers to control internet more as a necessary utility, as opposed to a for-profit venture. It also keeps the money in the community. The first city to do this was Chattanooga, Tennessee who saw long term savings as well as a new revenue stream from these users. They were able to reinvest that money back into their citizens, instead of sending it away to one of the big internet giants.
“If we get a government that reflects more of what this country is really about, we can turn the century — and the economy — around.” – Bella Abzug