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3 Community-owned Broadband Networks
10 May 2012
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Broadband at the Speed of Light: How Three Communities Built Next-Generation Networks, a report by the Institute for Local Self Reliance and the Benton Foundation, presents case studies of 3 communities; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Lafayette, Louisiana; and Bristol, Virginia, that have built their own community-owned broadband networks, and makes a case that some of the fastest networks in the nation are built by local governments.

Chattanooga, Tennessee, is well known for being the first community with citywide access to a “gig,” or the fastest residential connections to the Internet available nationally. Less known are Bristol, Virginia, and Lafayette, Louisiana – both of which now also offer a gigabit throughout the community.

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