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Is Publicly Owned Information Infrastructure A Wise Public Investment for San Francisco?

| Written by Becca | No Comments | Updated on Aug 14, 2006 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/publicly-owned-information-infrastructure-wise-public-investment-san-francisco/

San Francisco has launched an initiative to provide wireless access everywhere in the city. A number of Supervisors and residents have raised the possibility of the City following in the footsteps of over 200 other U.S. cities that already own information networks.  To date, the City has not addressed that question, or at least no such study has been forthcoming.

Media Alliance invited the Institute for Local Self-Reliance to investigate the economics of a publicly owned information infrastructure. This report contains a preliminary financial analysis.  Without complete information from the City, the numbers are not precise. But we think this analysis could serve as the basis for an informed discussion. We urge the City to undertake its own more detailed examination and make it public.

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About Becca

Becca joined ILSR to work on American Voice 2004, then stayed on to develop the telecommunications initiative. She is presently focused on the financial and economic considerations behind municipal broadband efforts.

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