Is fiber internet (broadband) a utility?

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:

  1. Access to telecommunications facilities and services is essential to all persons and entities in both rural and urban areas
  2. Many people and entities, particularly in rural areas, do not have adequate access to advanced telecommunications facilities and services
  3. Public Utility Districts are well positioned to construct and operate telecommunications facilities in a cost-effective manner