Are you a municipal leader who wants to bring better Internet to your community?
Local governments can ensure community broadband networks enable cheaper, faster Internet to communities that have been left behind
What is community broadband?
Community broadband is anindependent Internet service provided by the community or a small independent ISPto residents. Infrastructure is typically invested in by the local government, and is an alternative to Big Telecom’s privately-owned networks.
Community broadband offers an independent alternative to services provided by large telecom conglomerates. A community broadband network is typically invested in by the local government, and Internet services can be sold by municipalities themselves, nonprofits, small ISPs, co-operatives, public utilities, public-private partnerships, and other community organizations.
Stratford has been running their own Internet service since the 1990s, when they first installed optic fibre. In a strategic move, the Ontario city was able to direct the money initially earned through its data utility, Rhyzome Networks , back into the project itself, expanding by 50 per cent and introducing 1 Gbps connections to schools and other public services. This, of course, meant Stratford saved even more money. Through its network, a strong wi-fi connection has also been widely available at over 300 locations, while Rhyzome Networks' merger with the regional Wightman Telecom in 2012...Learn more