The Emerging World of Broadband Public–Private Partnerships: A Business Strategy and Legal Guide

The Emerging World of Broadband Public–Private Partnerships:
A Business Strategy and Legal Guide

Local governments increasingly see before them exciting new opportunities to develop next-generation broadband in their communities—and to reap the many benefits that broadband will deliver to their residents and businesses. Many localities are likely aware of Google Fiber and municipal fiber success stories—but emerging public–private partnership models present an alternative for the many communities that lack the capital or expertise to deploy and operate fiber networks, or to act as Internet service providers (ISP), on their own.

This report explores three business models for broadband public–private partnerships:

  • Private investment, public facilitation – The model focuses not on a public sector investment, but on modest measures the public sector can take to enable or encourage greater private sector investment. Google Fiber is the most prominent example, but there is significant interest among smaller companies
  • Private execution, public funding – This model, which involves a substantial amount of public investment, is a variation on the traditional municipal ownership model for broadband infrastructure—but with private rather than public sector execution.
  • Shared investment and risk – In this model, localities and private partners find creative ways to share the capital, operating, and maintenance costs of a broadband network.

As localities evaluate broadband public–private partnerships, they should consider both the opportunities and potential pitfalls, and pay particular attention to three interwoven issues: risk, benefit, and control. These factors are the key considerations not only for state and local governments, but also for private sector network operators and service providers. A successful partnership must align each side’s needs, and will inevitably involve trade-offs within this framework.

The report also examines, with a public sector audience in mind, the major legal issues that may arise in a broadband public–private partnership project, from early planning through the negotiating stage.

This report was written by Joanne Hovis and Marc Schulhof, Jim Baller and Ashley Stelfox and published by the Benton Foundation.

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After investing in geographically distributed FM transceivers in locally predominant FM coverage areas, - to handle signal back-haul; FM radio stations could already be "broadband" ISPs TODAY and sell Wi-Fi and cell phone coverage.

USB hot-spot modems would then allow paid subscribers to log-on but could also provide public distribution of free pornography and other "open nternet" now that "open nternet" is just telecommunications on a Title II common carrier. What happened to the old FCC mission(s) for telecommunications being universally available in the U.S.?

The FCC already knows this is done in China and several other nations and was advised in District Court. Many F.M. radio stations today identify the music being played live via tiny slivers of wi-fi.

Free mirror of filing follows and may be persistently ignored.
Notice/explanation to FCC 291,588 bytes (284.75 Kb) PDF

-------------FCC mission from June 19, 1934 ------in case the FCC forgot -----------------
For the purpose of regulating interstate and foreign commerce in communication by wire and radio so as to make available, so far as possible, to all the people of the United States, without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex, a rapid, efficient, Nation-wide, and world-wide wire and radio communication service with adequate facilities at reasonable charges, for the purpose of the national defense, for the purpose of promoting safety of life and property through the use of wire and radio communications, and for the purpose of securing a more effective execution of this policy by centralizing authority heretofore granted by law to several agencies and by granting additional authority with respect to interstate and foreign commerce in wire and radio communication, there is created a commission to be known as the “Federal Communications Commission”, which shall be constituted as hereinafter provided, and which shall execute and enforce the provisions of this chapter.

CurtisNeeley on January 9, 2017 - 6:34pm.