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California could soon enable smaller ISPs to offer fast broadband. It's not just a well-heeled carrier, Ars Technica reports that the State Assembly and Senate have unanimously passed legislation that

would create a state-wide open slotxo fiber network that promises truly fast Internet access from ISPs of any size. small, especially in rural or disadvantaged areas

This strategy will invest $3.25 billion to build a "mid-term" network that will not directly connect customers. But it should make it much easier for ISPs to launch or upgrade their services.

Another $2 billion will help those providers build last mile connections with their users.