Broadband Internet Service

Broadband high-speed internet service is available in several forms, including coaxial cable, fiber optic cable, DSL telephone cable, and wireless. Among the major players in the broadband market are Comcast, Time Warner, CenturyLink, and AT&T. These companies not only fund the political campaigns of far-right candidates. They are also among the strongest opponents of net neutrality, the notion that internet service providers should treat all data equally and not restrict access based on the ability to pay web-traffic fees.[1] Comcast alone spent nearly $15 million in 2012 lobbying Congress.[2] (Defenders of net neutrality include such companies as Google, Yahoo!, Amazon, and Microsoft.)

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Best Options

Although there currently are no progressive internet service providers, some companies limit their meddling in political elections and refrain from spending money to lobby Congress.

 

NetZero Wireless Broadband or DSL

  • Allocates less than $7,000 to political campaigns
  • Does not allocate the majority of political contributions to far-right candidates
  • Did not spend money lobbying Congress in 2013 to oppose net neutrality
  • National availability for wireless broadband service in major cities; DSL is also available in some cities

 

USI Wireless and US Internet Fiber Optic

  • Does not make political contributions
  • Did not spend money lobbying Congress in 2013 to oppose net neutrality
  • Has both wireless and fiber optic cable options
  • Availability limited to Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

Hughes Net

  • Allocates less than $50,000 to political campaigns
  • Does not allocate the majority of political contributions to far-right candidates
  • Did not spend money lobbying Congress in 2013 to oppose net neutrality
  • National availability