Hang on to your hats for this one: big Telecom corporations are spending (bribing?) a lot on corrupt politicians who would dare to pass legislation that is so obviously against the public interest. Using wifi like technology, communities can very inexpensively provide a low bandwidth (via socket throttling) wireless service to local citizens.
If anyone has any arguments for how legislation forbidding local governments from stimulating local economies, helping all students and citizens have free Internet access, etc. is harmful to society, let me know - I am interested in hearing both sides.
I don't care how busy you are today, use CONTACT YOUR SENATORS and CONTACT YOUR CONGRESS PERSON about this. Not all polititions are on the take from large corporations (yet), so it really does help to make a little noise. Push back.