Reports Highlighted by MuniNetworks.org

Profiles of Monopoly: Big Telecom and Cable

Publication Date: 
July 31, 2018
Author(s): 
H. Trostle
Christopher Mitchell

For years, national cable and telecom companies have complained that they operate in and industry plagued by too much competition. How valid is that claim? We decided to look at the data and map out what the large carriers offer and where they offer it. In order to share our findings with policy makers, local elected officials, and the general public, we’ve created a report that includes series of maps to illustrate our findings and our analysis.

Download Profiles of Monopoly: Big Cable and Telecom to read this report filled with maps that provide revealing visualizations about the status of broadband competition in the U.S.

Impact of CAF II-funded Networks: Lessons From Two Rural Minnesota Exchanges Left Underserved

Publication Date: 
June 21, 2018
Author(s): 
Bill Coleman
Blandin Foundation

This report from the Blandin Foundation digs deep into the federal Connect America Fund II (CAF II) subsidies for Internet service in Minnesota. Researcher Bill Coleman of Community Technology Advisors led a project that explored how federal Connect America Fund dollars have been used in two Minnesota telephone exchanges. In the end, researchers found that these networks would likely not meet Minnesota’s state connectivity goals.

Download Impact of CAF II-funded Networks: Lessons From Two Rural Minnesota Exchanges Left Underserved.

Community-Owned Fiber Networks: Value Leaders in America

Publication Date: 
January 1, 2018
Author(s): 
David Talbot
Kira Hesselkiel
Danielle Kehl

The FCC collects data from Internet Service Providers that reflects census blocks where they offer service to at least one premise. Currently, the Commission does not collect information about rates subscribers pay. A new report from the Berkman Klein Center dives into prices subscribers pay and also looks at trends from national companies as well as local publicly owned networks. The report, Community-Owned Fiber Networks: Value Leaders in America, supports what we’ve always found — that publicly owned networks offer the best all around value for the communities that make the investment. Download the report.

Cooperatives Fiberize Rural America: A Trusted Model For The Internet Era

Publication Date: 
November 28, 2017
Author(s): 
H. Trostle
Christopher Mitchell

Rural communities across the United States are already building the Internet infrastructure of the future. Using a 20th century model, rural America is finding a way to tap into high-speed Internet service: electric and telephone cooperatives are bringing next-generation, Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) networks to their service territories. This policy brief provides an overview of the work that cooperatives have already done, including a map of the cooperatives' fiber service territories. We also offer recommendations on ways to help cooperatives continue their important strides.

Download the policy brief, Cooperatives Fiberize Rural America: A Trusted Model For The Internet Era here.

Comcast Spends Big on Local Elections: Would Lose Millions in Revenue from Real Broadband Competition

Publication Date: 
November 2, 2017
Author(s): 
H. Trostle
Christopher Mitchell

As the company with one of the largest ISPs in the nation, Comcast Corporation makes daily investment decisions. They choose to put company funds into a variety of ventures, from theme parks to hair color; all that matters is that the investment pays off. During the 2017 election season, Comcast once again devoted funds to an investment it considered necessary - influencing elections in Seattle and Fort Collins, Colorado. We prepared a policy brief to look deeper into Comcast's investment into the elections.

Download the brief hereComcast Spends Big on Local Elections: Would Lose Millions in Revenue from Real Broadband Competition.

Ammon Report: "Enabling Competition and Innovation on a City Fiber Network"

Publication Date: 
October 4, 2017
Author(s): 
Paddy Leerssen
David Talbot

As Ammon, Idaho, celebrated the official launch of its publicly owned open access network on October 5th, 2017, the folks from Harvard University’s Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard (DASH), shared Ammon’s story in their new report. Enabling Competition and Innovation on a City Fiber Network, by Paddy Leerssen and David Talbot provides the details of the community’s pioneering network that uses technology to increase competition for the benefit of citizens.

Emerging Issues in Expanding Next-Generation Internet Access: 2017 Policy Agenda

Publication Date: 
April 4, 2017
Author(s): 
Next Century Cities

Next Century Cities’ “Emerging Issues in Expanding Next-Generation Internet Access: 2017 Policy Agenda” offers recommendations to local communities that want to improve and expand local connectivity. This policy agenda looks at some of the most recent issues facing cities and examines ways they’ve faced the challenges. Many of the examples in the policy agenda come from communities that are members of Next Century Cities.

Citizens Take Charge: Concord, Massachusetts, Builds a Fiber Network

Publication Date: 
February 6, 2017
Author(s): 
David Talbot
Waide Warner
Susan Crawford
Jacob White

A new case study recently released by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University describes how the community of Concord, Massachusetts deployed its extensive municipal fiber-optic network and smart grid. In Citizens Take Charge: Concord, Massachusetts, Builds a Fiber Network, the authors offer history, and describe the benefits to the community from better connectivity and enhanced electric efficiencies.

Smart Grid Paybacks: The Chattanooga Example

Publication Date: 
February 1, 2017
Author(s): 
David A. Talbot
Maria Paz-Canales

A new article from the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society takes a look at the pay in and pay off from Chattanooga’s investment into its fiber-optic network. The article, Smart Grid Paybacks: The Chattanooga Example, was written by Davd A. Talbot and Maria Paz-Canales.

Crossed Lines: Why the AT&T-Time Warner Merger Demands a New Approach to Antitrust

Publication Date: 
February 1, 2017
Author(s): 
Marshall Steinbaum
Andrew Hwang

As federal agencies examine the AT&T - Time Warner merger, how we analyze antitrust also needs to be reevaluated - especially in the telecommunications industry. A new report from the Roosevelt Institute takes a closer look at how antitrust enforcement philosophy has changed and how that change has enabled the current state of telecommunications in which a few large anticompetitive players control the market. The authors offer recommendations and cautionary predictions that may arise if we continue without reassessing how we scrutinize these large scale mergers.

The report notes how scrutiny of mergers has come to depend on the perceived harm the results will have on consumers, but such a narrow focus results in harming competition.

Instead, regulators should adopt a more holistic view of market power, specifically incorporating analysis of upstream impact of anticompetitive behaviors, especially those enabled by mergers. This would entail closer scrutiny of vertical mergers, positive price discrimination, and non-price-based schemes to profit excessively by withholding access to consumers.

 

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