Community-Owned Fiber Networks: Value Leaders in America

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dc.contributor.author Talbot, David A.
dc.contributor.author Hessekiel, Kira Hope
dc.contributor.author Kehl, Danielle Leah
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-10T17:43:48Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Talbot, David, Kira Hessekiel, and Danielle Kehl. 2017. Community-Owned Fiber Networks: Value Leaders in America. Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society Research Publication. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:34623859
dc.description.abstract We collected advertised prices for residential data plans offered by 40 community-owned (typically municipally owned) Internet service providers (ISPs) that offer fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service. We then identified the least-expensive service that meets the federal definition of broadband—at least 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload—and compared advertised prices to those of private competitors in the same markets. We found that most community-owned FTTH networks charged less and offered prices that were clear and unchanging, whereas private ISPs typically charged initial low promotional or “teaser” rates that later sharply rose, usually after 12 months. We were able to make comparisons in 27 communities. We found that in 23 cases, the community-owned FTTH providers’ pricing was lower when averaged over four years. (Using a three year-average changed this fraction to 22 out of 27.) In the other 13 communities, comparisons were not possible, either because the private providers’ website terms of service deterred or prohibited data collection or because no competitor offered service that qualified as broadband. We also made the incidental finding that Comcast offered different prices and terms for the same service in different regions. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society en_US
dash.license LAA
dc.title Community-Owned Fiber Networks: Value Leaders in America en_US
dc.type Research Paper or Report en_US
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