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Spokane (WA) may be dipping its toe into the high-speed internet industry. City lawmakers approved last month the creation of a working group to explore a publicly owned municipal broadband network. City Councilmember Breean Beggs, the sponsor of the plan, cautioned against an expectation that all citizens would soon be able to cut the cord with private internet companies. Instead he envisions a system where Spokane would lay the groundwork for other service providers. The councilman pointed to examples of cities in Idaho and elsewhere where public investments in fiber lines have led to lower prices for consumers. “I do think it’s a public good,” Beggs said. “There’s a huge digital divide between the haves, and the have nots. I think we’re just now beginning to understand what can be accomplished with broadband.” Eric Finch, the city’s IT director, said the time was right to take stock of the city’s existing network and determine where it might make sense for new access, while being cautious about stepping on the toes of private industry. “Part of this is, we have to decide what we’re going to be when we grow up,” Finch said.

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