Frustrated by ever-increasing prices for telecommunication services and the reluctance of incumbent providers to upgrade their networks to meet 21st century needs, more than 150 communities have built their own citywide cable and FTTH networks. Against great odds and in the face of ferocious opposition by the existing telephone and cable companies in the courts, at the legislature, and in the marketplace, the vast majority have succeeded.To understand how this has occurred and to extract lessons that might be useful for cities deciding whether to build their own networks, we undertook an in-depth examination of three municipally owned networks in Bristol Va., Chattanooga, Tenn., and Lafayette, La. Each of these communities already had access to the Internet via DSL and cable. But in the words of Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel, qThey wanted more.q Without investment in next-generation networks, these cities feared they would be left behind in the transition to the digital economy of the Internet era.Durel is quick to remind people that Lafayette already had DSL and cable access to the Internet when it started down the community network path. ... He regularly encouraged BellSouth or Cox to commit to a FTTH project so the city would not have to, but both argued Lafayette ... could take advantage of the digital economy , allowing the next generation to build businesses and careers close to home.
|Title||:||Broadband At the Speed of Light: How Three Communities Built Next-Generation Networks|
|Publisher||:||Inst for Local Self-Reliance - 2012-04-09|