Financing Municipal Networks Fact Sheet

Financing Municipal Networks Fact Sheet

Date: 5 Mar 2014 | posted in: information, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This fact sheet provides information on the most common ways local communities finance their municipal networks.

When a community decides it needs to establish its own publicly owned network infrastructure, one of the biggest challenges is financing the investment. Each community is unique but three main methods of financing are most popular. This fact sheet offers a quick look at these common approaches and provides real-world examples.

Download a PDF of this informative resource.

Misinformation about financing municipal networks is often repeated by large corporate providers whose only interest is in maintaining the status quo. We encourage you to share this valuable resource and help spread the truth: there are more than 400 publicly owned networks successfully serving local communities and the vast majority of municipal networks have not used taxpayer dollars.

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Lisa Gonzalez researches and reports on telecommunications and municipal networks' impact on life at the local level. Lisa also writes for and produces ILSR's Broadband Bits podcast.