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Beyond Access: Owning Community Broadband Audio Discussion

| Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Feb 9, 2012 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/beyond-access-owning-community-broadband-audio-discussion/

Two weeks ago, I joined a conference call hosted by the Media Action Grassroots Network discussing community ownership of broadband networks.

In the last few years local communities, governments, non-profit organizations and neighborhood residents from across the U.S. have successfully launched community broadband initiatives. 54 U.S. cities own citywide fiber networks and another 79 own citywide cable networks. These local initiatives, in rural and urban areas alike, have served as community scale infrastructures that are sustainable and allow participation and decisionmaking on the most local level.