Managing a municipal fiber network well requires powerful tools, real-time information, and sophisticated reporting capabilities. Without these elements, it can be very hard to run a profitable network that serves residents and businesses better than private ISPs can.
Before deploying a municipal fiber network, there are many factors that city leaders must consider. Below are some of the biggest questions that need to be tackled:
By answering these questions, communities put themselves in a good position to be successful over the long term.
In the U.S., municipal networks face considerable resistance on a number of fronts.
There are several reasons why they haven’t been deployed more widely:
As more small to mid-sized communities explore alternative high-speed internet solutions for their residents, the debate around municipal networks will only increase in intensity.
There are many communities throughout the country and internationally that successfully operate municipal fiber networks. Today, there are more than 500 communities across the U.S. that have taken the plunge and moved away from the traditional broadband model.
Communities can deploy municipal networks in several ways.
The best path forward depends on a number of factors, including population density, ISP presence, available resources, and community goals.
Municipal fiber networks have both advantages and disadvantages.
On one hand, municipal networks are an effective solution for delivering high-speed public broadband services in areas with limited ISP coverage. On the other hand, building and managing a fiber network independently can be very challenging.
As an operator, you need a balanced perspective on municipal networks so that you can best serve your government clients.