"The FCC should use these examples to set forward-looking goals for the future of broadband throughout the United States,” said Ben Scott, policy director for Free Press, a nonprofit media reform group, in a statement, He adds, “[W]e are years behind in the race to create a national infrastructure that can support the next generation of e-commerce, e-government, health and education technologies, and much more.”
Will Internet prices come down?
Others suggest that allowing an open access network, which would give third-party service providers access to Google's fiber optic lines, eventually will bring down Internet prices, thus lowering a significant economic barrier to high-speed connections.
“Ultrafast and open broadband will not only provide a new and exciting platform for the next generation of Internet services and apps, but will hopefully inject new life into the extinct third-party ISP marketplace,” said Markham Erickson, executive director of the Open Internet Coalition, said in a statement.
Google has been acquiring fiber-optic lines for several years, PC World points out, and has developed relationships with companies that build the fiber infrastructure.