The United States, creator of the Internet, increasingly lags in high-speed access to it. In the absence of a national broadband strategy, hundreds of communities have invested in broadband infrastructure to solve their problem locally. A new report by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) explores this essential infrastructure and the options now available to communities.
The ILSR Report contends that DSL and cable networks fail to offer the speeds and capacity necessary for the digital future.
"As broadband has gone from convenience to necessity, communities can no longer rely on private providers to satisfy their broadband needs," explains Christopher Mitchell, author of the study and Director of the Telecommunications as Commons Initiative for ILSR. "As we transition from copper-based networks to fiber optic networks, each community has an opportunity to build the network they need for their stakeholders."
Communities are continuing to invest in broadband networks — both wired and wireless. Mitchell’s study, Municipal Broadband: Demystifying Wireless and Fiber-Optic Options, serves to inform communities about these technologies and the tradeoffs of each.
"This study helps communities to understand the broadband world — a complicated place — so they can make informed decisions to meet their needs now, and in the future, " says Mitchell.
For more information, or to arrange an interview with Christopher Mitchell, please contact Brooke Gullikson.