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| Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Jan 9, 2009 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/wireless-networks/

Government allows us to do collectively what we cannot do individually. In the case of Municipal Broadband, local government takes a leading role in building high-speed, citywide networks that increase the affordability and availability of Internet access.

Some communities are organizing to reach this goal without local government involvement. Such projects often take the form of Wireless Community Networks, because wireless networks can be set up without using municipal rights-of-way or other municipal facilities.

These networks are more than just unprotected hot-spots, such as those found in neighborhood cafes or coming from your neighbor’s apartment. The organizations install wireless nodes to create networks that allow users to access community information and connect to one another, with or without a connection to the Internet.

We believe wired and wireless technologies are complimentary, not substitutes, and that communities ultimately need both.  Fiber optic networks offer the most reliable and fastest speeds whereas wireless solves mobility needs.  Investments in fiber-optic networks are long term investments, often lasting for many decades and forming a potential base for wireless solutions.  

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