The passage of the historic infrastructure bill on the heels of the American Recovery Plan is bringing a tidal wave of new funding that will transform the way we access high speed Internet. Hope is on the horizon for remote and rural communities long ignored by big telecom. Local leaders can seize the moment by advocating for municipal broadband as the most equitable way to bring high quality, reliable, and affordable service to every home and business in the community.
At this pivotal time, incumbent Internet providers desperate to maintain their monopolies are working behind the scenes to mobilize local opposition and renew promises to deliver service in “select areas .” Don’t be fooled.
Locally-owned networks, operated through public-private partnerships, are the only solution that will allow towns to control their broadband infrastructure. Municipalities have successfully run water and sewer services for decades, either directly or through quasi-public entities. Just imagine if your water supply was run by a private for-profit company.
Future-proof fiber is the only solution that can meet the insatiable demand for bandwidth with a 30+ year lifespan. The technology continues to push the limits with the next next-generation of multi-gigabit broadband with 25GS-PON. Are you ready for the fiber future?