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2010 Annual Report


Creating Infrastructure with Community Broadband

Fast, affordable, Internet service is part of the infrastructure of the future—for businesses, schools, public agencies and individuals across the United States.

Recognizing the value of access to the Internet, citizens in some parts of the country have taken steps to bring services to their communities through publicly owned municipal broadband networks. Some states allow and even encourage municipal networks; other states have erected legal barriers that make it difficult or impossible for communities to exercise that option.

Learn more about our Advancing Media Rights and Access initiative»

Legal Barriers

  • State with Barriers

Community Networks

  • Citywide Cable
  • Citywide Fiber

Community Network Profiles

Roll-over a State with barriers or click on a Community Network icon to learn more.


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