Community-Owned Fiber Networks: Value Leaders in America | Berkman Klein Center


By one recent estimate, about 9.2 percent of Americans, or almost 30 million people, lack access to wired home broadband service, which the FCC defines as an Internet access connection providing speeds of at least 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload. Even where home broadband is available, high prices inhibit adoption; in one national survey, 33 percent of non-subscribers cited cost of service as the primary barrier. Municipally and other community-owned networks have been proposed as a driver of competition and resulting better service and prices.

Source: Community-Owned Fiber Networks: Value Leaders in America | Berkman Klein Center

City-owned Internet services offer cheaper and more transparent pricing | Ars Technica

One of the questions we are investigating here at NeighborSQUAD is how we can provide training and support services to coordinate with Municipal Broadband.

Municipal broadband networks generally offer cheaper entry-level prices than private Internet providers, and the city-run networks also make it easier for customers to find out the real price of service, a new study from Harvard University researchers found.Researchers collected advertised prices for entry-level broadband plans—those meeting the federal standard of at least 25Mbps download and 3Mbps upload speeds—offered by 40 community-owned ISPs and compared them to advertised prices from private competitors.

Source: City-owned Internet services offer cheaper and more transparent pricing | Ars Technica