Reports Highlighted by MuniNetworks.org

Connecting the Public: The Truth About Municipal Broadband

Publication Date: 
April 11, 2005
Author(s): 
Harold Feld, Media Access Project
Gregory Rose, Media Access Project
Mark Cooper, Consumer Federation of America
Ben Scott, Free Press

Media Access Project, Consumer Federation of America, and Free Press co-authored a white paper entitled “Connecting the Public: The Truth About Municipal Broadband.” The paper argues in favor of supporting the right of municipalities (local governments) to deploy broadband networks.

Burlington Telecom Case Study

Publication Date: 
September 1, 2007
Author(s): 
Christopher Mitchell - Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Burlington Telecom, a city department in the largest city of Vermont, offers a world class fiber-to-the-home network offering cable television, fast broadband, and telephone services. This case study explains how they did it.

ILSR issued a report in 2011 that updates this case study: Learning from Burlington Telecom: Some Lessons for Community Networks

Municipal Broadband: Demystifying Wireless and Fiber-Optic Options

Publication Date: 
January 15, 2008
Author(s): 
Christopher Mitchell - Institute for Local Self-Reliance

The United States, creator of the Internet, increasingly lags in access to it. In the absence of a national broadband strategy, many communities have invested in broadband infrastructure, especially wireless broadband, to offer broadband choices to their residents.

Newspaper headlines trumpeting the death of municipal wireless networks ignore the increasing investments by cities in Wi-Fi systems. At the same time, the wireless focus by others diverts resources and action away from building the necessary long term foundation for high speed information: fiber optic networks.

Bigger Vision, Bolder Action, Brighter Future

Publication Date: 
June 2, 2008
Author(s): 
Jim Baller - Baller Herbst Law Group
Casey Lide - Baller Herbst Law Group

Jim Baller and Casey Lide of the Baller Herbst Law Group produced this tremendous white paper for e-NC. It covers the importance of broadband, relationship to economic development, and offers some recommendations.

Municipal & Utility Fiber Optics Guidebook

Publication Date: 
September 9, 2008
Author(s): 
David Chaffee
Mitchell Shapiro

Distributed by Public Technology Institute, the Municipal & Utility Guidebook to Bringing Broadband Fiber Optics to Your Community is a free, comprehensive guide to the economic and quality-of-life benefits of robust fiber infrastructure. It examines in detail four communities that have successfully deployed fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) services to their citizens and businesses.

Wolves in Sheep's Clothing

Publication Date: 
August 10, 2006
Author(s): 
Common Cause

Cable, telephone and Internet industry giants are fiercely lobbying, using every tool at their disposal to gain a competitive advantage in telecom reform legislation. Some of those tools are easy to spot - campaign contributions, television ads that run only inside the Beltway, and meetings with influential members of Congress. Other tactics are more insidious.

The Case for Municipal Broadband in Florida

Publication Date: 
April 4, 2005
Author(s): 
Florida Municipal Electric Association

From fiber optic communications between medical offices and hospitals in and around Leesburg, to advanced services for schools, students and a business park in Quincy, to a wireless “Downtown Canopy” in Tallahassee, cities and towns throughout the State of Florida are taking charge of their futures by investing in new, exciting and innovative broadband technologies that attract businesses, educate the young, and improve the quality of life.

Burlington Telecom Fact Sheet

Publication Date: 
July 14, 2008
Author(s): 
Christopher Mitchell

Much misinformation has been disseminated about Burlington Telecom (BT). Here are the facts. BT is a city department of Burlington, Vermont, which owns a fiber-to-the-home network and offers triple play services (phone, cable, internet). The network depends entirely on subscriber revenues and is not subsidized in any form by the City. BT has saved the City money while being built entirely with investor money -- no tax dollars have been or will be used.

ILSR issued a report in 2011 that updates this case study: Learning from Burlington Telecom: Some Lessons for Community Networks

Localizing the Internet: Five Ways Public Ownership Solves the U.S. Broadband Problem

Publication Date: 
January 15, 2007
Author(s): 
Becca Vargo Daggett

A new report by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance argues that a publicly owned information infrastructure is the key to healthy competition, universal access, and non-discriminatory networks.

“Localizing the Internet: Five Ways Public Ownership Solves the U.S. Broadband Problem” notes that high speed broadband is becoming ever more widespread. But, it argues, the way in which that broadband is introduced may be as important as whether it is introduced.

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

Publication Date: 
August 14, 2006
Author(s): 
Becca Vargo Daggett

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.

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