It’s kind of maddening to see tax breaks getting given out to fucking LivingSocial while they’re sitting on a 21st-century resource,” complains Bloom. “They want to talk about making D.C. a tech capital? Make it easier to make broadband accessible to everyone.
Turns out the District of Columbia has spent about $25m building out a 100-gigabet fiber net but due to franchise agreements with Verizon and Comcast cannot actually offer a last-mile service to residents.
As a former DC taxpayer, it's a real shame that the DC Government has invested in a first rate Internet backbone and has failed to thusfar extend the benefits to its citizens - especially those in areas of the city where reliable and affordable high speed internet services are still out of reach.