CABA Information Series
(IS-2013-98) Green Light to faster Internet
This report from Local Self-Reliance in partnership with Common Cause describes the creation of municipal telecommunications services called Greenlight offering high-speed Internet, telephone, and television in Wilson, North Carolina (an hour east of Raleigh). The system includes fiber-to-the-home providing a basic tier service of 10 Mbps Internet access for downloading and uploading (compared to most cable and DSL at 1-3 Mbps). Greenlight offers data rates up to 100 Mbps. The network serves the county residents and public services. The North Carolina legislature, under pressure from private cable and telephone companies, barred such municipal systems anywhere else in the state in 2011.