Municipal Networks

How broadband helped a small town in Greater Minnesota land a high-tech business

In 2015, Gibbon (MN) joined nine other cities and 17 townships in creating a cooperative that promised to bring broadband Internet access to 6,200 residents across both Renville and Sibley counties.

San Francisco hits brakes on high-speed internet plan

San Francisco’s effort to create a citywide broadband internet service for all residents and businesses has suffered a setback as outgoing Mayor Mark Farrell will not place a tax measure on the November ballot to fund the project before he leaves

Commissioner Rosenworcel Remarks at US Conference of Mayors

I want to harness your energies this morning to talk about three things we can work on together. First, broadband deployment and the infrastructure challenge it presents for cities.

Measuring Broadband's (Public) Return on Investment

A Q&A with Ann Treacy of the Blandin Foundation editor of the blog “Blandin on Broadband”

Gov Sununu (R-NH) signs broadband infrastructure bill into law

Gov Chris Sununu (R-NH) signed a bill this that supporters say will improve high-speed Internet access in rural areas like the Monadnock Region.

The Pros of Public Internet Networks (and Lessons Learned)

Incumbent telephone and cable companies, as well as a variety of anti-government think tanks, frequently label community broadband networks as failures.

Telecom industry books major win in municipal-broadband fight

It's been a tough slog for cities and towns that want to build ultra-fast fiber internet networks to benefit residents, businesses and their local economies — so tough, in fact, that virtually none has managed to do it.

A Public Option for the Internet

Abdul El-Sayed, who is running for governor of Michigan, just laid out an ambitious program that could serve as a model for states across the country. “MI-Fi” is a a public-public partnership in which the state would provide cities and municipalit

Municipal Broadband: Urban Savior Or Gentrification’s Wrecking Ball?

The case for city-operated broadband is compelling. It offers comparatively fast service. It’s celebrated as a means by which to preserve net neutrality.

Mapping The Urban-Rural Digital Divide In Georgia

At the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, we create maps analyzing publicly available data to show disparities in access and highlight possible solutions.