The Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s (ILSR’s) Community Broadband Networks initiative is honored to be recognized as one of the top 100 fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) leaders by Broadband Communities magazine.
Broadband Communities publishes its annual Top 100 FTTH list to acknowledge the contributions that companies and organizations have made to the fiber optic industry. “‘Building a Fiber-Connected World’ is the tagline of Broadband Communities magazine, and each year the FTTH Top 100 list recognizes organizations that lead the way in this endeavor,” the publication explained. In addition to ILSR, awardees include fiber vendors, network operators, business consultants, and broadband engineers.
MuniNetworks and Community Networks Make the Mark
In the list entry for ILSR, Broadband Communities said:
ILSR’s publications, including its MuniNetworks.org blog, toolkit and weekly podcast that covers broadband and more . . . have been instrumental in showing communities that controlling their broadband destinies is feasible and has the potential to improve local economies and quality of life.
Christopher Mitchell, Director of the Community Broadband Networks initiative, commented on the award:
Broadband Communities was among the first to recognize the benefits of fiber optics for everyone and we are honored to be again named to their list of top 100 FTTH leaders.
Broadband Communities recognized a select few community broadband networks in the FTTH Top 100, including UTOPIA Fiber, an open access fiber network serving more than a dozen Utah communities, and Co-Mo Connect, the broadband subsidiary of Missouri electric cooperative.
LUS Fiber, Louisiana’s only municipally-owned FTTH network, is a new entrant to the list this year. LUS Fiber currently serves 21,000 subscribers. This April, LUS Fiber received a $3.1 million federal grant to lay 47 miles of fiber infrastructure along U.S. Highway 90, connecting Louisiana's Lafayette Parish, St. Martin Parish, and Iberia Parish.
The list also identifies a number of consultants that frequently work with municipalities and/or cooperatives, such as CCG Consulting, Conexon, and Finley Engineering.