http://www.upworthy.com/cable-companies-beware-this-town-is-taking-you-on-and-others-are-taking-notice?c=ufb1 First off, holy crap, something on Upworthy that isn't idiotic, who knew?
On one hand, it's .gov doing things, but as it's city.gov it's not too bad.
On the other hand? It's competition. Most of the big providers (phone, internet, etc) pretty much form an oligopoly. Largely get out of the anti-monopoly laws by just agreeing to all not really compete but still being all separate companies. The smaller companies that try to ACTUALLY compete with low rates and better service and whatever don't have the economies of scale to really pull it off by all that much.
With increases in technology, and various projects from google and others, I wouldn't be surprised if we see just all-over wifi in most major cities within my lifetime.