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

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

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dc.contributor.author Talbot, David A.
dc.contributor.author Warner, Waide
dc.contributor.author Crawford, Susan Patricia
dc.contributor.author White, Jacob
dc.date.accessioned 2017-02-06T21:13:32Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier Quick submit: 2017-02-06T15:43:23-0500
dc.identifier.citation Talbot, David, Waide Warner, Susan Crawford, Jacob White. 2017. Citizens Take Charge: Concord, Massachusetts, Builds a Fiber Network. The Municipal Fiber Project, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society Research Publication. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:30201055
dc.description.abstract This report describes a multi-year effort by the town of Concord, Massachusetts, to establish a robust and versatile communications infrastructure to better serve its citizens. The town’s municipal utility, Concord Municipal Light Plant, or CMLP, built a 100-mile fiber optic network as a backbone for a smart grid, and then used the network to deliver high-speed Internet access to homes and businesses, competing with Comcast. With the fiber installed, the town realized significant savings on municipal communications costs and generated new fiber-leasing revenue. CMLP recently launched a strategic planning effort to use the smart grid network and the data it generates to reduce peak power demand and costs, and to reduce systemwide greenhouse gas emissions. CMLP may earn additional revenue by allowing the New England transmission system to use parts of CMLP’s smart grid to balance regional electricity loads. And Concord now has the potential to expand its Internet access business beyond town boundaries, starting in neighboring Acton. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher The Municipal Fiber Project. Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society en_US
dash.license LAA
dc.title Citizens Take Charge: Concord, Massachusetts, Builds a Fiber Network en_US
dc.type Research Paper or Report en_US
dc.date.updated 2017-02-06T20:43:27Z
dc.description.version Version of Record en_US
dc.date.available 2017
dc.date.available 2017-02-06T21:13:32Z

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