Reports Highlighted by MuniNetworks.org

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. 

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.

How Local Providers Built the Nation’s Best Internet Access in Rural North Dakota

Publication Date: 
May 5, 2020
Author(s): 
Katie Kienbaum
Ny Ony Razafindrabe
Michelle Andrews
Christopher Mitchell

Our case study, How Local Providers Built the Nation’s Best Internet Access in Rural North Dakota, explains how the majority of rural North Dakota has access to gigabit fiber, highlighting how 15 telephone cooperatives and local companies came together to invest in their rural communities and build broadband networks across the state. In the 1990s, those companies united to purchase 68 rural telephone exchanges in North Dakota from regional provider US West (now CenturyLink). Then, they leveraged federal broadband funds to deploy some of the most extensive fiber networks in the country, turning North Dakota into the rural broadband oasis that it is today.

Tribal Technology Assessment: The State of Internet Service on Tribal Lands

Publication Date: 
February 7, 2020
Author(s): 
Brian Howard
Traci Morris

Tribal Technology Assessment: The State of Internet Service on Tribal Lands, a report from the American Indian Policy Institute at Arizona State University (AIPI) provides a detailed examination of broadband access, device use, and uses of the Internet by Tribal peoples on Tribal lands. Authors Brian Howard and Traci Morris completed the 2019 report aiming to develop a closer look at the digital divide and "to create a new baseline for future studies with the expectation of potentially measuring growth in coming years."

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