Yes, the public overwhelmingly agrees that fiber internet, often referred to broadband, is essential and should be treated as a utility. Congress recognized internet access as a utility in the 2020 CARES Act which established aid, relief, and economic security at the onset of the COVID pandemic.
Here's a breakdown of fiber internet as a utility:
- Access to telecommunications facilities and services is essential to all persons and entities in both rural and urban areas
- Many people and entities, particularly in rural areas, do not have adequate access to advanced telecommunications facilities and services
- Public Utility Districts are well positioned to construct and operate telecommunications facilities in a cost-effective manner