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Six Ways To Make Community Broadband a Reality in Your Town


Hundreds of communities across the country are initiating publicly-owned broadband networks to offer fast, reliable and affordable internet service. These community networks support local economies, keep prices low and are responsive to customer needs. But, how do you know if a publicly-owned network is right for your city or town?

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    This whole thing is fascinating to me -- especially as a global issue--and I'm wondering if city municipalities have put this at the bottom of their priority lists? Ihere is definitely a need, but I'm wondering how hard it is to sell and if more people are finding themselves taking underground approaches like the open tech institute. It would be interesting to see a simple how to on doing this yourself so that people globally can set networks up.

    • CommunityMatters

      Thanks for the comment, Alessandra! There is a how-to guide from the Open Technology Institute for creating wireless mesh networks: Unfortunately, I don't think there is a simple "how to" for fiber networks. Many cities have seen success when they already have an anchor institution (like a public electric utility) that can take on broadband as an additional service offering. Your question about how hard it is to sell is a good one, and at least part of the reason we aren't seeing this more is due to state-level barriers (