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Community Broadband Networks are Top Choice in Minds of Economic Development Professionals

August 22, 2019

A recent ETI-sponsored survey of IEDC members reveals that publicly-owned broadband networks on which ISPs offer service are the best model for gaining broadband in communities lacking the service. The survey, sponsored by telco and muni OSS provider ETI Software Solutions, in partnership with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), was authored by Craig J. Settles, a consultant specializing in community broadband.

The 2019 analysis report addresses:

1) the state of broadband, in terms of availability, affordability and reliability
2) broadband’s impact on local economies
3) broadband-driven education and healthcare, and
4) the impact of 5G on economic development

"Respondents were asked to name the top two models they feel are the best options for their communities," said Craig Settles. "Just under half (47%) cited 'public owns infrastructure, ISPs sell the service' making it the top answer," he continued. "Second in terms of popularity (37% of those surveyed) is a business model in which an electric co-op and the public entity own the network together and split the revenues."

Want to learn more? Download entire report here.


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