Reports Highlighted by MuniNetworks.org

Shopping for Broadband: Failed Federal Policy Creates Murky Marketplace

Publication Date: 
November 11, 2021
Author(s): 
Emma Gautier

A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) examines Internet Service Providers’ (ISPs) transparency — or lack thereof — around the Internet service packages they offer. Shopping for Broadband: Failed Federal Policy Creates Murky Marketplace [pdf] finds that locally-controlled broadband networks are the most transparent around key service details. Large ISPs, on the other hand, are more likely to make information like upload speed and pricing difficult or impossible to find.

Minnesota Broadband: Land of 10,000 Connectivity Solutions

Publication Date: 
July 29, 2021
Author(s): 
Ry Marcattilio-McCracken
Christopher Mitchell

In a new report, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance showcases the diverse range of approaches communities and local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have taken to expand affordable, high-quality Internet access in Minnesota. It includes a series of case studies that detail how communities are meeting the connectivity challenges of a broken marketplace shaped by large monopoly service providers. 

Six Community Broadband Networks Demonstrate Diversity of Approaches to Connectivity Challenges

Publication Date: 
July 26, 2021
Author(s): 
Sean Gonsalves
Christopher Mitchell
Jericho Casper

There are more than 600 wireline municipal broadband networks operating across the United States today. And while the ongoing discussion about our information infrastructure by Congress has placed a renewed emphasis on publicly owned endeavors to improving Internet access, the reality is that cities around the country have been successfully demonstrating the wide variety of successful approaches for decades.

Building Indigenous Future Zones: Four Tribal Broadband Case Studies

Publication Date: 
February 4, 2021
Author(s): 
H. Trostle

The rate of connectivity in Indian Country lags behind the rest of the country. As of December 2018, only 60% percent of Tribal lands in the lower 48 states had high-speed Internet access. A new case study report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance delves into the experiences of four Native Nations — the Coeur d’Alene, the Nez Perce, the Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe, and the St. Regis Mohawk — as they constructed their own Internet service providers. 

Wilson Hits a Fiber-to-the-Home Run with Greenlight Municipal Broadband Network

Publication Date: 
December 7, 2020
Author(s): 
Ry Marcattilio-McCracken
Christopher Mitchell

Built in 2008 with an eye toward the future and operated with local priorities in mind, Greenlight has a long track record of putting people first. In a new case study, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance explores the wide-ranging community benefits of Greenlight, the city-owned Fiber-to-the-Home network in Wilson, North Carolina.

Profiles of Monopoly: Big Cable and Telecom

Publication Date: 
August 12, 2020
Author(s): 
H. Trostle
Christopher Mitchell
Ny Ony Razafindrabe
Michelle Andrews
Katie Kienbaum

This is the 2020 edition of our report Profiles of Monopoly: Big Cable and Telecom, which we originally published in 2018. The report explores the extent of monopoly control by the largest Internet Service Providers (ISPs) across the United States, and finds that most Americans have little choice when it comes to broadband where they live. In this version, we updated the maps and other information in the report with the most recent broadband deployment data from the Federal Communications Commission.

Cooperatives Fiberize Rural America: A Trusted Model For The Internet Era (Updated May 2020)

Publication Date: 
May 19, 2020
Author(s): 
H. Trostle
Katie Kienbaum
Michelle Andrews
Ny Ony Razafindrabe
Christopher Mitchell

This is an update to our report Cooperatives Fiberize Rural America: A Trusted Model For The Internet Era, which we originally published in 2017. The report explores the extent and growth of cooperative fiber networks in rural areas. In this version, we updated the maps and other information in the report with the most recent broadband deployment data from the Federal Communications Commission.

Community Broadband: The Fast, Affordable Internet Option That's Flying Under the Radar

Publication Date: 
May 19, 2020
Author(s): 
Claire Park

New America’s Open Technology Institute has a new report out called “Community Broadband: The Fast, Affordable Internet Option That's Flying Under the Radar.” It offers a brief look at the problem of broadband access across the United States, points out of the many benefits of the community networks which have stepped in to fill the gaps left by private Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and provides a snapshot of a few examples that have overcome legislative hurdles and monopoly ISP lobbying to bring fast, reliable Internet service to people around the country.

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