Alternative Internet providers
Last updated: August 10, 2022

Here are some internet providers that act as alternatives to monopoly/duopoly services like Verizon and Spectrum:

• In New York City, NYC Mesh.

• Across the US, see this state-by-state list of municipal fiber-to-the-home networks created by, which is part of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

• Notably, in Chattanooga, TN, a city-owned utility called EPB had to fight off a lawsuit by Comcast, which tried to shut down EPB's citizen-oriented service. Quartz reported (April 15, 2021) that Chattanooga's EPB is the best broadband in the country, citing PCMag.

More resources

Community Broadband Networks initiative, led by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Fiber: The Coming Tech Revolution and Why American Might Miss It, by Susan Crawford

Interview with Susan Crawford (from the Feb 4, 2019 Techtonic)

Interview with Ben Tarnoff from the July 18, 2022 Techtonic. Tarnoff is the author of Internet for the People: The Fight for Our Digital Future, which mentions the Chattanooga broadband network.