Comcast’s silly propaganda helped kill municipal broadband projects

A little more than 10 years ago, Comcast stuffed mailboxes in Batavia, Illinois, in the weeks leading up to a vote on a referendum measure attempting to establish a municipal broadband network, warning of failed projects and other horror stories that would come to life if they voted in favor of it.

The fliers, one of which can be seen above and others which are published at Motherboard, likened municipal broadband to “ghosts” and “goblins,” claimed that the referendum proponents didn’t even have a business plan for the project, and, strangely, implied that the local women who voted in favor of it didn’t understand their priorities.

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Network World Colin Neagle