Ft Collins, Co:
The city of Ft. Collins, CO is an excellent example of the journey to plan and implement a municipal fiber network. The city has been exploring ways to improve the reliability and and speed of internet services since 2010. After a investigating various models and successful votes to allow the city to pursue and fund municipal broadband, Ft. Collins is ready to begin construction of a $150 million fiber to the home network that will bring high speed and reliable internet access to all of its 164,000 residents. A timeline of their progress up to November 17th (when voters approved $150 million in funding) is below. For a summary of the research and planning that led to the decision to build a municipal network, click here, or for more in depth information, see the complete high level business plan here.
Municipal Networks across the Country
Below is a map showing all citywide municipal fiber to the home networks as of January 1, 2017.
The criteria for networks shown on this map are as follows:
The network must cover at least 80% of a city.
A local government (city, town, or county) owns the infrastructure.
It is a Fiber-to-the-Home network.
Links to Municipal Network Websites
There are over 40 municipal fiber to the home networks currently in operation around the country. Follow the links below for more information on some of these networks.
A Public/Private partnership in Kentucky:
Kentucky has chosen to pursue a private/public partnership with Macquarie Capital in order to build a high-capacity, open fiber optic network that quickly reaches every county in Kentucky. The catch is that the partnership will provide the necessary "middle mile" infrastructure but then individual communities can choose to opt into the network with their own "last mile" infrastructure (houses, schools, businesses).
North Dakota: 5th in the Nation for Fiber connection:
North Dakota, like Alaska, is one of the most rural states in the nation, has been able to provide fiber optic access to 60% of its residents and counting through a combination of heavy capital investment, legislative help and utilization of some existing infrastructure. When copper telephone lines became no longer profitable, community cooperatives and municipalities purchased them and then borrowed the money to transition existing lines into fiber optic cable, which became affordable around the same time. The legislature then passed tax exemptions for capital investment in broadband and since then various cooperatives across the state have invested over $115 million in new infrastructure and 18 local firms serve 96% of the population. Alaska can emulate many of the strategies used in North Dakota.
This map shows the places in green where there are at least 2 providers of broadband coverage and North Dakota is an immediate standout.