On this page some reference material on the economic and other impact of municipal fiber networks.
The Allen Report
This study evaluates in detail the economic impact of a true broadband network throughout a major urban centre in Australia. Specifically the study examines the impact on the host region, which in this case is the Brisbane and Moreton statistical divisions, as well as for the State of Queensland at large. It also examines the impact for industries within the State.
A true broadband network is a broadband infrastructure capable of supporting at a minimum video, voice and data services and applications simultaneously over a single physical infrastructure. True broadband delivers symmetric services at speeds greater than 10 Mbps.
It is foreshadowed that the development and use of a true broadband network would involve four broad direct impacts including:
• an expansion of the communications activity in the region as the new business is developed and provides services (buying and selling inputs, employing staff
• enhancing competition in telecommunications — in a range of areas, but especially in Internet Service Provision;
• opening up scope for productivity gains that are apparent from the use of broadband technologies in business; and
• competitive gains for key industries that are particularly dependent upon affordable broadband Internet access.
IEEE: we need 1,000 Megabits
The IEEE is a leading authority in technical areas ranging from computer engineering, biomedical technology and telecommunications, to electric power, aerospace engineering and consumer electronics, among others.
Recently the IEEE issued a paper advocating widespread deployment of wired and wireless gigabit networks as a national priority, to be facilitated by legislative and regulatory action, and achieved through mobilization of resources by users and incumbent suppliers alike.
A new generation of broadband, or “gigabit networks,” can mean significant benefits to the United States, but our nation must act promptly to ensure that such an infrastructure is ubiquitous and available to all. If we do not act, the consequence will be to relegate the U.S. telecommunications infrastructure to an inferior competitive position, thus undermining the future of our country’s economy. This issue demands the attention of policymakers as well as the public at large.
Accordingly, this paper briefly covers the nature of gigabit networks and the telecommunications infrastructure, followed by principles that should be observed in achieving these new networks. The rest of the paper presents key propositions that establish the benefits, and hence the need, to build out such networks, and it explores the competitive threat from other countries and some current U.S. broadband initiatives.
Does public FttH crowdout private investments? No!
There are 2,007 municipalities across the United States that provide electricity service to their constituents. Of these, over 600 provide some sort communications services to the community. An important policy question
whether or not public investment in communications crowds out private investment, whether such investment encourages additional entry by creating wholesale markets and economic growth. We test these two hypotheses – the crowding out and stimulation
hypothesis – using a recent dataset for the state of Florida. We find strong evidence favoring the stimulation hypothesis, since public investment in communications network increases competitive communications firm entry by a sizeable amount.
Large, large online library on Municipal Fiber
At the site of the Baller Herfst group numerous studies are assembled