Communities invest in telecommunications networks for a variety of reasons - economic development, improving access to education and health care, price stabilization, etc. They range from massive networks offering a gig to hundreds of thousands in Tennessee to small towns connecting a few local businesses.
This map tracks a variety of ways in which local governments have invested in wired telecommunications networks as well as state laws that discourage such approaches.Our map includes more than 800 communities, of which 500 are served by some form of municipal network and more than 300 are served by a cooperative (updated January, 2019):
- 55 municipal networks serving 109 communities with a publicly owned FTTH citywide network.
- 73 communities with a publicly owned cable network reaching most or all of the community.
- 196 communities with some publicly owned fiber service available to parts of the community (often a business district).
- More than 120 communities with publicly owned dark fiber available.
- More than 150 communities in 29 states with a publicly owned network offering at least 1 gigabit services. And at least 20 communities in 4 states with a municipal network delivering 10 gigabit services.
- 334 communities served by rural electric cooperatives. 10 communities served by one broadband cooperative. (Communities served by telephone cooperatives will soon be on the map as well).
Nineteen states have barriers in place that discourage or prevent local communities from deciding locally if such an investment is a wise decision. We strongly believe these...Read more