As of January 2015, more communities than ever before have realized the value of publicly owned broadband infrastructure.
Many communities that choose to invest in publicly owned infrastructure do so because their needs are not met by large corporate providers. While some invest to bring reliable connectivity to local residents, others have no choice; businesses increasingly need high-speed connections unavailable from incumbents. As a result, local communities offer a variety of services. From dark fiber for commercial purposes to lit services to small businesses to fiber-to-the-home for residents in places where traditional large-scale providers choose not to invest in anything more than dial-up or DSL. Each community is unique.
The ILSR Community Network Map documents over 450 communities across the U.S. where publicly owned fiber infrastructure serves residents, businesses, and anchor institutions. The map also explains state barriers, in place in 19 states, where state lawmakers have usurped local telecommunications authority.
The Community Broadband Map fact sheet provides quick facts about municipal networks. This is a great resource for policy makers, advocates, and community leaders who want to share the truth – that a large number of successful community broadband networks are spread across the country, serving constituents, encouraging economic development, and saving public dollars.
See all of our Community Network Fact Sheets here.
Read ongoing coverage related to these networks at ILSR’s site devoted to Community Broadband Networks. You can also subscribe to a once-per-week email with stories about community broadband networks.