Community Broadband Network Map

Even as AT&T tries to swallow up T-Mobile, further consolidating the telecommunications sector, a new phenomenon is maturing that promises to give communities a vehicle for influencing their own telecommunications future: publicly owned networks.

Around the United States, hundreds of communities have made substantial investments into telecommunications networks. These investments range from the nation’s largest FTTH network in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to the hundreds of local governments that built networks to connect schools and community anchors.

This is the first map to comprehensively show the broadband networks that are structurally designed to meet community needs first. Most of the networks are owned by local governments, but nonprofit networks will also be incorporated over time.

Related links: New Rules ProjectInstitute for Local Self Reliance, and Democratizing the Electricity System: A Vision for the 21st Century Grid.

Image by: Rose Jaffe

“‘This is a company that everywhere it goes it creates poverty,’ says Stacy Mitchell, senior researcher with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Walmart’s tactics of keeping prices low, and wages lower continues to permeate systemic issues suffered by low income families across the US. This piece shows the irony of a multi-billion dollar profit corporate company who is literally "made of money” looking helplessly at a mother asking for a living wage.“ -Rose Jaffe

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