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Connecticut’s approach to high speed internet

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut is taking a slow approach to super-fast internet.

As of last week, 10 Connecticut municipalities have committed to an initiative inviting telecommunications and other businesses for ideas to build and finance Internet service of up to 1,000 megabits per second. That’s more than 100 times faster than home speed now.

Comptroller Kevin Lembo and Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz are helping to lead the state effort. They compare high-speed broadband to a critical utility, no different than electricity or home heating. They also promote it as a form of economic development to lure and keep businesses in the state.

But the president of the New England Cable and Telecommunications Association says the industry is already moving fast to reach what’s called the gigasphere and says government is ill-suited for the business.

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