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.
Olds is a winning case of a community taking the Internet into its own hands. This Alberta community is running O-Net, their very own community-owned and operated Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network, and setting a high bar for municipal Internet utilities around the world for over six years now. Municipally-based broadband has really put Olds on the map. The town, located roughly 90 kilometers north of Calgary, has even started to attract tech-savvy entrepreneurs away from its big city neighbour. And no wonder, as Olds boasts service fees that are half that of Calgary’s major telecom...Learn more