Resources/Interviews to Make Community Broadband More Successful

Here’s a little light reading and easy listening. I’ve accumulating a huge amount of broadband lessons, stories and resources that can help you, your staff and your private and nonprofit partners. Over the holidays or down time in trains, planes, and automobiles, you might find some “catch-up time.” Enjoy.Community Broadband Snapshot ReportsThese qualitative analysis reports help community stakeholders make better decisions and build networks that better meet constituents’ needs. They combine communities’ experiences, perspectives and insights. The reports tackle states’ anti-muni network laws, new sources of broadband funding, broadband’s impact on economic development and other vital topics.Gigabit NationIn over 230 archived interviews since 2011, I explore broadband issues, policies, and community broadband success stories. Guests on the show include mayors, broadband project leaders, government agency leaders and managers, public advocates. It’s a resource that keeps on giving – and growing. Analysis of Completed Broadband NetworksThis on-going directory of highspeed Internet network infrastructure that is owned by municipalities, public utilities, co-ops and public-private partnerships. This resource highlights communities’ goals, initial network investments, impacts that justify those investments and communities progress retiring broadband debts.Books on broadband topicsSince Craig Settles initial book on the subject of community broadband, Fighting the Good Fight for Municipal Wireless, I’ve written additional books on the subject. In my latest, Building the Gigabit City, I establish criteria for community broadband success, presents the business case for the networks, and offers needs assessment guidance, broadband funding tactics and sound marketing practices.Communities United For Broadband (Like us on Facebook)This Facebook page is open to anyone who shares the dream of community broadband – networks that are run buy local government, public utilities co-ops or public private partnerships. Get advice and recommendations to help you manage wired and wireless broadband networks. We encourage you to add content, discussions and links to resources to further help members.It’s always a pleasure hearing from you and your colleagues. If you’ve got some ideas for new reports or articles, send them my way (craig at cjspeaks com).

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Community Networks | Internet Society

If you believe that closing the digital divide is critical, community networks are something everyone can support. These are ‘do it yourself’ networks built by people for the people often with no technical expertise. Community Networks are something you can promote, donate to, or even build yourself.This page will get you started.Together we can help build a digital future that puts people first.

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Harvard Study Shows Why Big Telecom Is Terrified of Community-Run Broadband – Motherboard

A new study out of Harvard once again makes it clear why incumbent ISPs like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T are so terrified by the idea of communities building their own broadband networks.According to the new study by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, community-owned broadband networks provide consumers with significantly lower rates than their private-sector counterparts.The study examined data collected from 40 municipal broadband providers and private throughout 2015 and 2016. Pricing data was collected predominately by visiting carrier websites, where pricing is (quite intentionally) often hidden behind prequalification walls, since pricing varies dramatically based on regional competition.

Source: Harvard Study Shows Why Big Telecom Is Terrified of Community-Run Broadband – Motherboard