ILSR Researchers Find 63 Gigabit Deployments by Cooperatives

Date: 25 Oct 2016 | posted in: Media Coverage, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Telecompetitor – October 25, 2016

by Joan Engebretson

The Institute for Local Self Reliance estimates that there were 63 gigabit deployments by cooperatives in the U.S. as of December 31, 2015. ILSR based its research on Form 477 data that broadband providers submit to the FCC. Using that data, researchers identified about 200 companies advertising gigabit downstream speeds, then narrowed the field down to 63 by checking public sources to determine which providers were cooperatives.

Scanning through the ILSR’s list reveals that the majority of the 63 cooperatives are telecom cooperatives. But there are some power cooperatives on the list as well.

ILSR also notes that some companies that have launched gigabit services since the beginning of the year are not on the list. Additionally, researchers suggest that anyone seeking to prepare a more comprehensive list should also check the map of service providers that are Gig certified by NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association.

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Nick Stumo-Langer was Communications Manager at ILSR working for all five initiatives. He ran ILSR's Facebook and Twitter profiles and builds relationships with reporters. He is an alumnus of St. Olaf College and animated by the concerns of monopoly power across our economy.