Battle brewing to give R.I. more broadband choices

THE BIG REVEAL: Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio speaks at an event in Newport on March 15 announcing Cox Communication Inc.’s $120 million investment to upgrade broadband infrastructure statewide. Also pictured, from left, are Ross Nelson, Cox senior vice president and region manager; Mark Greatrex, Cox president; and Gov. Daniel J. McKee. / COURTESY COX COMMUNICATIONS INC.
THE BIG REVEAL: Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio speaks at an event in Newport on March 15 announcing Cox Communication Inc.’s $120 million investment to upgrade broadband infrastructure statewide. Also pictured, from left, are Ross Nelson, Cox senior vice president and region manager; Mark Greatrex, Cox president; and Gov. Daniel J. McKee. / COURTESY COX COMMUNICATIONS INC.
High-speed internet in Rhode Island is synonymous with one company: Cox Communications Inc. Since the advent of broadband technology more than 20 years ago, Cox has staked its claim in the Ocean State, with its cables connecting to more than 98% of the state. And some say its market monopoly has let Cox get away…

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