Municipal Broadband

Wikipedia Definition & Overview – Municipal Broadband
Municipal broadband deployments are broadband Internet access services provided either fully or partially by local governments. Common connection technologies include unlicensed wireless (Wi-Fi, wireless mesh networks), licensed wireless (such as WiMAX), and fiber-optic.


20 States Now Have Restrictions on Municipal Broadband

Broadband Properties Magazine
Reviews of Municipal Broadband Projects.

Breaking the Broadband Monopoly
This report explains how public ownership of networks differs from private, evaluates existing publicly owned networks, details the obstacles to public ownership, offers lesson learned, and wrestles with the appeal and difficulty of the open access approach.

Cable TV fights municipal broadband
Alarmed by the prospect of competing for customers against local governments, the cable TV industry is pushing for a state law to prevent North Carolina cities from offering Internet and cable systems to their residents.

Fierce Telecom Municipal Broadband page
Recent articles on Municipal Broadband activities.

How the Telecom Lobby is Killing Municipal Broadband
The city of How state law are preventing local governments from essentially building and operating their own telecommunications infrastructure.

Municipal Broadband: History’s Guide
An article from the Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society.

Municipal Broadband: Lessons from the Past
This paper will tell the stories of five previous attempts at municipal Internet provision. While this is only a very small cross-section of municipal Internet access networks, these stories have lessons embedded within them that can provide important guidance for other municipalities.

MuniNetworks Website
Communities across America have built their own broadband networks to ensure access to affordable, reliable, and fast networks. We tell their stories and defend their authority to build these networks.

WiFi, WiMax, Municipal Broadband, and other Broadband News.Coverage of Municipal Broadband developments worldwide.

New America Foundation Report Finds Municipal Broadband Providers Gouging Consumers
New America Foundation’s report, “The Cost of Connectivity 2013” purports to make the case that U.S. private sector broadband providers charge too much relative to providers in other nations.

Need to Know about Municipal Broadband

South Carolina passes bill against municipal broadband
South Carolina has become the latest state in the union to pass a state-level bill that effectively makes it difficult, if not impossible, for municipalities to create their own publicly owned Internet service provider that could compete with private corporations.

Syracuse Municipal Broadband Initiative
The Syracuse Municipal Broadband Initiative seeks to educate the community and city government on the benefits of municipal broadband, and to bring together technical and business expertise to build a municipal broadband utility.

The Case for Publicly Owned Internet Service: Susan P. Crawford
In cities and towns across the U.S., a familiar story is replaying itself: Powerful companies are preventing local governments from providing an essential service to their citizens. More than 100 years ago, it was electricity. Today, it is the public provision of communications services.

The Municipal Broadband Debate: A Need for Federal Policy
Advocates that a national policy is needed to support the ability of cities and communities to leverage municipal networks for the public good.

YouTube Video: Community Broadband Networks
Wondering why some communities have decided to build their own networks, sometimes in competition with massive cable and DSL companies? This video explains why – they want faster, less expensive connections that put community needs first.

YouTube Video: Sen. Frank Lautenberg on Municipal Broadband
Sen. Frank Lautenberg is concerned about the future of municipal broadband projects. At a recent hearing, he asked FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski how can we expand broadband access when states across the country are enacting laws to prevent municipal broadband.