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Understanding the Debate over Government-Owned Broadband Networks: Context, Lessons Learned, and a Way Forward for Policy Makers (June 2014)

This new report offers a number of resources and tools for use by policy makers when evaluating the efficacy of government-owned broadband networks (GONs) and develop­ing targeted and cost-effective approaches to bolster broadband connectivity from both the supply side and demand side in their communities. In particular, the paper seeks to provide policy makers and regulators at every level of government with:

  • Relevant historical and modern context to inform discussion about GONs;
  • A data-based, fact-driven examination of ten GONs deployed in the United States over the last decade;
  • Findings regarding the efficacy of GONs in the United States; and
  • A list of feasible, efficient options for municipalities and states interested in increasing broadband connectivity, including a first-in-kind Policy Maker Tool Kit to guide broadband strategy development.

Downloads

Full report (PDF)

Executive Summary (PDF)

Policy Maker Tool Kit  (PDF)

Case Study of Bristol, VA (PDF)

Case Study of Cedar Falls, IA (PDF)

Case Study of Chattanooga, TN (PDF)

Case Study of Danville, VA (PDF)

Case Study of Groton, CT (PDF)

Case Study of Lafayette, LA (PDF)

Case Study of Monticello, MN (PDF)

Case Study of Provo, UT (PDF)

Case Study of UTOPIA, UT (PDF)

Case Study of Wilson, NC (PDF)

Papers & Primers – 2012-2013

  • Parsing the Debate over Government-Owned Broadband Networks (April 2013) (PDF)
  • Charles M. Davidson & Michael J. Santorelli, Evaluating the Rationales for Government-Owned Broadband Networks (March 2013) (PDF)
  • Charles M. Davidson & Michael J. Santorelli, ACLP Briefing: Communications Network Outages – Learning from Hurricane Sandy (December 2012) (PDF)
  • Charles M. Davidson, Michael J. Santorelli & Thomas Kamber, Toward an Inclusive Measure of Broadband Adoption, 6 International Journal of Communication 2555–2575 (October 2012) (PDF)
  • Broadband and the Empire State: Toward Universal Connectivity in New York (September 2012) (PDF)
  • A Primer on Broadband Adoption: Trends, Barriers, and Effective Approaches to Closing Gaps in Utilization (September 2012) (PDF)
  • A Primer on Spectrum (September 2012) (PDF)
  • A Primer on State Efforts to Reform Telecommunications Policies (August 2012) (PDF)
  • A Primer on mHealth (August 2012) (PDF)
  • A Primer on Data Consumption: Trends & Emerging Business Models (February 2012) (PDF)

ACLP Scholarship Series

  • Rachelle B. Chong, The 31 Flavors of the net Neutrality Debate: Beware the Trojan Horse, ACLP Scholarship Series (December 2007) (PDF)
  • Tony Clark and Michael Santorelli, Federalism in Wireless Regulation: A New Model for a New World, ACLP Scholarship Series (February 2009) (PDF)
  • Charles M. Davidson, Losing the Forest for the Trees: Properly Contextualizing the Use of Early Termination Fees in the Current Wireless Marketplace, ACLP Scholarship Series (June 2009) (PDF)

Broadband

  • Charles Davidson and Michael Santorelli, Network Effects: An Introduction to Broadband Technology and Regulation, A Report to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (December 2008) (PDF)
  • Charles Davidson and Michael Santorelli, Barriers to Broadband Adoption, A Report to the Federal Communications Commission (October 2009) (PDF)
  • Charles M. Davidson, Michael J. Santorelli & Thomas Kamber, Broadband Adoption: Why it Matters & How it Works, 19 Media L. & Pol’y 14-56 (2009) (PDF)
  • Charles Davidson and Bret Swanson, Net Neutrality, Investment & Jobs: Assessing the Potential Impacts of the FCC’s Proposed Net Neutrality Rules on the Broadband Ecosystem, (June 2010) (PDF)
  • Charles M. Davidson & Michael J. Santorelli, Seizing the Mobile Moment: Spectrum Allocation Policy for the Wireless Broadband Century, 19 CommLaw Conspectus 1-74 (2010) (PDF)
  • Charles M. Davidson & Michael J. Santorelli, Municipal Broadband in the United States, 5 Telefónica Journal on Regulatory and Economic Policy in Telecommunications 94-101 (September 2010) (PDF)
  • Michael J. Santorelli, Regulatory Federalism in the Age of Broadband: A U.S. Perspective, 2 Policy & Internet 99-128 (2010) (PDF)
  • High-Level Summary of the FCC’s USF/ICC Reform Order and What it Means for States (December 2011) (PDF)
  • Charles M. Davidson & Michael J. Santorelli, Realizing the Smart Grid Imperative: A Framework for Enhancing Collaboration Between Energy Utilities & Broadband Service Providers, Time Warner Cable Research Program on Digital Communications (August 2011) (PDF)

Broadband & Seniors

  • Charles Davidson and Michael Santorelli, The Impact of Broadband on Seniors, A Report to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (December 2008) (PDF)
  • Stats, Data, and Observations (December 2011) (PDF)
  • Policy Recommendations (PDF)

Broadband & People with Disabilities

  • Charles Davidson and Michael Santorelli, The Impact of Broadband on People with Disabilities, A Report to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (December 2009) (PDF)
  • Stats, Data, and Observations (December 2011) (PDF)
  • Policy Recommendations (PDF)

Broadband & Telemedicine

  • Charles Davidson and Michael Santorelli, The Impact of Broadband on Telemedicince, A Report to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (April 2009) (PDF)
  • Stats, Data, and Observations (December 2011) (PDF)
  • Policy Recommendations (PDF)

Broadband & Education

  • Charles M. Davidson & Michael J. Santorelli, The Impact of Broadband on Education, A Report to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (December 2010)(PDF)
  • Stats, Data, and Observations (December 2011) (PDF)
  • Policy Recommendations (LINK)