Date: January 23rd, 2018
Updated Community Networks Map Now Includes over 750 Communities
The Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s map details the communities that are making investments in better connectivity
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. — Communities are playing a growing role in connecting their residents and businesses to high-quality broadband access. However, with the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality protections looking imminent, it seems that companies like AT&T, Charter, Comcast, and Verizon are ascendent — but that’s not the case in the 750 communities we’ve mapped across the United States.
The Institute for Local Self-Reliance has been tracking community networks for more than 10 years, tracking a variety of metrics from gigabit services to open access. For the first time, this map includes communities served by electric cooperatives whereas previous maps focused on municipal networks. The next map iteration will also have communities served by telephone co-ops.
Communities across the United States are investing in telecommunications networks for a variety of reasons to benefit their future. Whether they invest to improve economic development outcomes or to improve access to education and health care these communities are building essential infrastructure that their residents and businesses demand.
Our map now includes over 750 communities, here is the breakdown:
55 municipal networks serving 108 communities with a publicly owned FTTH citywide network.
76 communities with a publicly owned cable network reaching most or all of the community.
197 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 130 communities in 27 states with a publicly owned network offering at least 1 gigabit services.
- 258 communities served by rural electric cooperatives. 10...