Breaking the Broadband Monopoly: How Communities are Building the Networks They Need

I have been a champion of public-owned broadband networks for years, writing about them for the same period of time. One thing communities and others have needed throughout these years is a detailed overview of the dozens of community networks that service consumers and businesses, along with a business, policy and political issues that affect these networks.

Chris Mitchell, Director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), has written such a piece and it’s pretty good. His “Breaking the Broadband Monopoly” reports, among other things, that these networks offer the best broadband value of any connection in the U.S. This is one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date policy reports on public ownership, combining case studies and a discussion of lessons learned with an analysis of the many obstacles to public ownership created by state and federal policies.

Public ownership isn’t the only business model, and for many communities it may not be the best option. But ownership of their broadband networks is an option that communities must have if we’re going to be serious about getting true broadband to where it’s needed.

Following is the Executive Summary. Check it out and then download the entire report. There’s no charge. This is a great supplement to my book, “Fighting the Next Good Fight.”

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