Telecompetitor – January 9, 2017
by Joan Engebretson
The Institute for Local Self-Reliance has issued a useful interactive map and list of municipal broadband networks in the U.S.
Interactive icons on the map indicate where municipal broadband networks have been built. Interested parties can click on any icon to get details about each network or can scroll through an alphabetical list by state.
List of Municipal Broadband Networks
According to an ILSR blog post, the organization used four basic criteria in determining whether a community should be included on its list of municipal broadband networks, including:
- The network must cover at least 80% of a city
- A local government (city, town or county) owns the infrastructure
- It is a fiber-to-the-home network
- It is in the U.S.
Scanning through the ILSR list, I counted 46 municipal broadband networks.