For all the communities that lack access to broadband, there are many more that lack a competitive broadband environment. The result is a low level of choice and agency for consumers, limited partnership opportunities for local governments or organizations, and uncompetitive pricing. The following resources explore models and policies that each level of government can consider to foster broadband competition and create a thriving digital ecosystem.
America’s broadband moment: Creating a broadband competition policy agenda
This resource outlines five significant ways that all levels of government can encourage broadband competition. It explores the impacts of federal grantmaking, state policy and local choice, multi-tenant building agreements, community institutions, and pricing data on broadband competition at the local and national level.
If we build it, will they come? Lessons from open-access, middle-mile networks
A policy brief arguing for increased competition and broadband deployment to address issues faced by residential and small business customers. The resource focuses on the construction of open-access, middle-mile networks as a solution.
Profiles of monopoly: Big cable and telecom
This research uses federal broadband data to analyze the status of broadband competition throughout the U.S.
Open access resource hub
This collocation of resources focuses specifically on open access networks. It includes definitions, case studies, financing information, and many other resources.
Wholesale fiber is the key to broad US FTTP coverage
This white paper argues that wholesale, open access networks are a cost-effective and efficient way to bridge the digital divide and foster a competitive environment.