Let's Do This

Funding

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.

Canadian Success Stories

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.

Support

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

A telecom may already have installed fiber-to-the premises where you live. So why should your community bother to build their own fiber network?

Telecom-owned systems – 5G included – are proprietary and give corporations control over communications services, equipment, and pricing. They may even determine and shape what data may be transmitted over their networks. 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, community-owned 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. See this fact sheet to learn more about successful community-owned fiber models other regions have implemented. This interactive map shows 750 communities in the US that have invested in telecommunications networks.

What Experts Say

Do You Want the Fastest, Safest, Cheapest, most Cyber-Secure Network Available? Locally-Controlled Wired Fiber is the Answer
     Dr. Timothy Schoechle

Dr. Timothy Schoechle

“Re-Inventing Wires: The Future of Landlines and Networks”

“Today we are at a turning point. The basic organizing principles of our society are at stake. The Internet is our public commons, and it must not be enclosed or walled off by private interests. As in the early days of the telephone or electricity, access must be made available to all—and in a form that is fast, affordable, neutral, sustainable, enduring, safe, fair, and just. To accomplish this, action must be taken at all levels of governance—but the roots of all political action are—and must be—local.”

Larry Thompson and Warren Vande Stadt

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.”

Amir Nasr

Amir Nasr

"The Wireless Industry's 5G Hype Is Funny and Overblown"

“The arguments that 5G will bring such high speeds, eventually replace fixed broadband, and improve rural broadband are largely unfounded and potentially overblown...Mobile services aren’t a viable substitute for fixed broadband. Mobile data plans are strictly limited compared to fixed services... Further, a mobile device is unsuitable for important online activities such as finding employment, teleworking, and homework.“