Reports Highlighted by MuniNetworks.org

Broadband and Economic Development: A Municipal Case Study from Florida

Publication Date: 
April 6, 2005
Author(s): 
George S. Ford, Applied Economic Studies

In this paper, we explore whether broadband investment by municipalities has an effect on economic growth. To do so, we employ an econometric model to compare economic growth in Lake County, Florida, with other similar Florida counties.

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.

Paying the Bills, Measuring the Savings

Publication Date: 
March 9, 2005
Author(s): 
John M. Kelly, American Public Power Association

Full Title: Paying the Bills, Measuring the Savings: Assessing the Financial Viability and Community Benefits of Municipally Owned Cable Television Enterprises. This paper provides evidence that municipally owned and operated cable television enterprises are financially viable and provide large rate savings to their communities. The findings contradict allegations in Costs, Benefits, and Long-Term Sustainability of Municipal Cable Television Overbuilds, a 1998 paper authored by Ronald J. Rizzuto and Michael O. Wirth, that such enterprises are likely to be poor investments for cities.

Empirical Study: Does Municipal Supply of Communications Crowd-Out Private Communications Investment?

Publication Date: 
February 7, 2005
Author(s): 
George S. Ford, Applied Economic Studies

There are 2,007 municipalities across the United States that provide electricity service to their constituents. Of these, over 600 provide some sort of communications services to the community. An important policy question is whether or not public investment in communications crowds out private investment, or whether such investment encourages additional entry by creating wholesale markets and economic growth. We test these two hypotheses – the crowding out and stimulation hypothesis – using a recent dataset for the state of Florida.

A Study of the Economic and Community Benefits of Cedar Falls, Iowa's Municipal Telecommunications Network

Publication Date: 
July 6, 2004
Author(s): 
Doris J. Kelley, Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities

Doris Kelley takes a look at one of the early citywide publicly owned broadband systems - Cybernet in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Cybernet is run by Cedar Falls Utilities (CFU) and is an HFC (cable) network that also offers some fiber-optic connections for businesses. In this paper, Kelley takes a look at some of the benefits the network has brought to the community.

Kutztown Bullet Points

Publication Date: 
March 19, 2003
Author(s): 
Frank Caruso - Director, Information Technology for Kutztown

In this short two-page summary of Kutztown's progress, Frank Caruso briefly explains the benefits of the network and the reason behind their investment.

Old Snake Oil in New Bottles: Ideological Attacks on Local Public Enterprises

Publication Date: 
October 1, 2001
Author(s): 
John Kelly, Director of Economics and Research, American Public Power Association

We are engaged in a rare event - we are moving offices. The Institute for Local Self-Reliance pre-dates our initiative and has been in this location for over 20 years. During the packing and sorting, we have encountered a curious collection of treasures. 

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