Fact Sheets

Even as the Internet is changing every aspect of our lives and communities, most Americans are intimidated by confusing jargon and misconceptions about Internet policy. We are developing a series of fact sheets that make these issues understandable to everyone.

We presently have six fact sheets, covering broadband, financing networks, wireless Internet, economic development benefits from community owned networks, and the public savings from community owned networks.

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Financing Municipal Networks

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When a community decides it needs to establish its own publicly owned network infrastructure, one of the biggest challenges is financing the investment. Each community is unique but three main methods of financing are most popular. This fact sheet offers a quick look at these common approaches and provides real-world examples.

Financing Municipal Networks Fact Sheet [pdf]

Broadband 101

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This is a handy resource for elected officials and activists that are confused by some of the jargon or just want to make sure they understand some key ideas around broadband and telecommunications.

Broadband 101 Fact Sheet [pdf]

Community Broadband and Economic Development

Community Broadband Networks have a very good track record in creating jobs. This fact sheet details where publicly owned network attracted new businesses or helped existing businesses to thrive.

Economic Development Fact Sheet [pdf]

Community Broadband and Public Savings

Though schools, libraries, and other community anchors need access to faster, more reliable networks, the big cable and telephone companies have priced those services so high that they are breaking the budget. But when communities create their own connections, affordable high capacity connections aren't the only benefits.

Public Savings Fact Sheet [pdf]

Wireless Internet 101

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Wireless networks may appear to be magical, but are actually driving investment in fiber optic wires. This resource defines many terms, key points, common speeds, and offers insight into wireless technology and policy.

Wireless Internet 101 Fact Sheet [pdf]

Community Broadband Preemption Fact Sheet

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This 2 page fact sheet explores the issue of preemption - how at least 19 states have made it impossible or more difficult for communities to build their own networks. It includes some history, legal issues, and quotes from FCC Commissioners.

Community Broadband Preemption Fact Sheet [pdf]