Nothing is "free".
The link given in the first message of this thread, calls for "free and open internet".
Any city that provides "free internet service" in certain areas, that city is using tax payers money to provide such a service.
The place of government is to regulate rather than compete with the private sector. The internet service is similar to the cable service for TV programs and movies. There are "packages" offered to the customer, and the customer has the right to choose what set of options to buy.
Same with phone services, while AT&T charges $90- $120 plus for unlimited calls, unlimited text, plus 4G internet, Super Mobile charges a flat $50 for the same service. Amazingly, lots of people still using AT&T regardless of the high price even when their contracts have expired and are paying month to month options.
This indicates that "price for service" is not imposed but it is the preference of people to certain companies over other companies.
The government is actually pushing hard for people being connected to the internet. With the excuse of a "green world guided system", there are no more printed tax forms provided unless it is required by phone, and in order to find the phone number one must go online... a vicious circle created to force people to use the internet.
The job of government is to facilitate the medium for better communication, and not everybody use internet, so the government is imposing rather than providing.
Having that "utility service" idealized by president Obama, he must compromise himself to provide computers and cell phones for free to every household, as part of the installation of this "free"service in every city of the US.
Reality is that not every family in the US can afford to buy a computer, and I can tell when I visit a public library and I can see people waiting for their turn so they can sit and use the library's computers. So, getting into the internet is not what movies and TV series show but there is a great percent of the population that can't have that service at home for many circumstances, the primary of them is money to buy a computer.
This comment was based solely on the link provided in the first message of this thread.
To conclude, the internet service is already a utility, but can't be free, someone must pay for the service.