Reports Highlighted by MuniNetworks.org

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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