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"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.

“Google certainly isn’t the first to do this,” according to PC World writer Mark Sullivan, noting that Utopia Network covers 18 cities in Utah under the same model.

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