The growing interest in building local networks in Truckee and many other communities, according to a Harvard study, is due to lower prices, transparency, and less confusion compared to big providers like Comcast, Verizon, or AT&T. In addition, recent opposition to net neutrality and broadband privacy protections has only made big providers less appealing. Even a policy brief from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance suggests Comcast has a threat looming over the horizon. “A real choice in broadband services could reduce Comcast’s revenues by millions of dollars per month,” according to the policy. Even so, some of these local networks have faced lawsuits from private companies and more than 20 states have passed laws to restrict local efforts.