Publicly Owned Networks Spur Competition And Offer Fastest Speeds at Lowest Prices, Says New Report

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Publicly Owned Networks Spur Competition And Offer Fastest Speeds at Lowest Prices, Says New Report

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - “Publicly owned fiber networks have
proven globally competitive – they offer the single best hope for
communities that need to stay competitive in the digital age,” says
Christopher Mitchell, Director of the Institute for Local
Self-Reliance (ILSR) Telecommunications as Commons Initiative and
author of a newly released ILSR report Breaking the Broadband
Monopoly.

The comprehensive study offers details on many successful publicly
owned broadband networks and draws lessons from their experience.

Lafayette, Louisiana, and Monticello, Minnesota, the report notes,
built citywide fiber-to-the-home networks offering a symmetrical 10
Mbps (million bits per second) package for less than $30/month. These
packages offer the best broadband value of any connection in the U.S.

The report explores the ways publicly owned networks have created true
competition for citizens by breaking the stranglehold of cable and
telephone oligopolies. As Mitchell, a national expert on community
networks says, “Public ownership offers the only realistic option
communities have to create competition in broadband services.
Communities with these networks pay lower prices and have faster
services.”

“Breaking the Broadband Monopoly” is the most comprehensive and
up-to-date report on public ownership, combining case studies and a
discussion of lessons learned with an in-depth analysis of the many
obstacles to public ownership created by state and federal policies.

“That so many barriers to public ownership exist is sobering,” says
Mitchell. “But it is uplifting to see the growing number of
communities who are overcoming these hurdles and establishing the most
impressive broadband networks in the country.” The report is available
as a free download from: http://bit.ly/break-bb-monopoly.

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