Publicly owned broadband provides accessible and affordable internet, bridging the digital divide. When decisions about infrastructure improvements and upgrades are made with the public good – not profit – at heart, local needs are better served. Funding for community-owned fiber networks is available. In British Columbia, begin by clicking the $ sign above. In other regions, check with your provincial or state government.
Communities across North America have installed their own municipal fiber networks. You can too. Internet services may then be sold by municipal governments, nonprofits, small internet service providers, co-operatives, or public utilities, keeping the flow of information in local hands.
Projects like British Columbia's Connected Coast - which is bringing high-speed fiber optics to the doorstep of 154 rural and First Nations communities - are making community-owned fiber- to-the-premises networks possible. Use this Action Package to encourage your elected officials to choose safe, secure. sustainable wired last-mile options.
Build an Information Highway that Puts You in the Driver’s Seat
Telecom-owned wireless systems – 5G included – are proprietary and give corporations control over communications services, equipment, and pricing. Community-owned, wired fiber-to-the-premises networks offer local accountability for an essential service, resulting in affordable and neutral data delivery. As this 2018 Harvard University study shows, they provide us with the least expensive internet.
Smart cities are wired cities. With the fastest, most cyber-secure data transmission available, wired fiber optic networks make alternative energy distribution and storage, emergency service upgrades, transportation coordination, water system management, and improved healthcare, education, and business opportunities a breeze.
Do You Want the Fastest, Safest, Cheapest, most Cyber-Secure Network Available? Locally-Controlled Wired Fiber is the Answer
Dr. Timothy Schoechle
“Re-Inventing Wires: The Future of Landlines and Networks”
"All municipalities in North America should put their own fiber networks in. They would save a lot of money on Internet access...The original idea of the smart grid was to use information to better control the generation, transmission and distribution of power. This is still a good idea and fiber is best to transmit data.”
Larry Thompson and Warren Vande Stadt
"5G Is Not the Answer For Rural Broadband, " Vantage Point Solutions
"...To deliver the high speeds and high capacity that many hope for, 5G requires a deep fiber network very similar to FTTP (fiber to the premises). When one puts fiber so deep into a network, why stop at the small cell rather than at the premises a few hundred feet away? Fiber to the premises allows much higher speeds and availability without the same kinds of capacity limitations.”
"Qualkia – Constructing the 5G Myth"
“As Wi-Fi coverage is becoming more and more widespread, rather than attempting to move devices from Wi-Fi to 5G, it would make more sense for the industry to concentrate on integrating more services over Wi-Fi, allowing them to better focus cellular spectrum on when and where it’s most needed.“