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Faster, cheaper, better broadband in Baltimore [Commentary]
Faster, cheaper, better broadband in Baltimore [Commentary]

There is a monopoly for fast Internet services in Baltimore City. As a consequence, a new Comcast customer can pay as much as $1,000 more over two years for standard "triple-play" service (telephone, Internet and cable television) than would a new customer in Annapolis, where competition exists. And the fastest Internet speed offered by Comcast in Baltimore is only one-third of what is currently available in Annapolis and most of the state. We pay more for less in Baltimore because fast fiber optic technology — often called fiber to the premises (FTTP) — is not widely deployed to our homes and businesses like it is in every county surrounding the city and along much...