America needs a public option for the internet

Of course, blazing fast internet service today doesn’t nearly match the importance of electricity in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Internet connectivity is, however, increasingly necessary to live a normal life — to participate in the culture, to stay in contact with friends and family, and especially to run any sort of business. And just like in Johnson’s day, rural America is being left out, because private industry prizes profits over breadth and quality of service.

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