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Next Generation Connectivity
A review of broadband Internet transitions and policy from around the world.
Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman Professor
of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies, Harvard Law School
Faculty Co-Director
Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University 

Public Investment in Broadband Infrastructure:
Lessons from the U.S. and Abroad
Scott Wallsten and Lucía Gamboa
June 2017

Research, Papers and Reports


​​This paper reviews experiences with subsidizing telecommunications services, and broadband in
particular, in the United States and around the world. Based on those lessons it proposes a path
forward intended to yield the biggest broadband bang for the subsidy buck.

​​A well researched and unbiased paper that presents  results of a study on the economic effect on a Florida community by municipal broadband.

​​ This huge report (332 pages) is the culmination of work the FCC asked Harvard to undertake to understand better the USA position in the world with regard to broadband penetration and performance. One of the few studies by a reputable source that has not been influenced by a major internet provider in some way.

Municipal Fiber in the United States:
An Empirical Assessment of
Financial Performance
Christopher S. Yoo and Timothy Pfenninger
Study Shows Home Values Up 3.1% with Access to Fiber, FTTH Council, June 29, 2015. 
Broadband Competition Helps to Drive Lower Prices and
Faster Download Speeds for U.S. Residential Consumers
Dan Mahoney and Greg Rafert
November, 2016

A much discredited paper that paints a bleak economic outlook for broadband projects. This paper is included as an example of the false information that has been produced through support of the large incumbent internet providers. 
If the results presented in this paper were accurate, no company would be in the business of providing internet access.

Here are links to three rebuttals:




​​The evidence is mounting: investment in fiber improves the economic performance of a community as well as its quality of life,” said FTTH Council President and CEO Heather Burnett Gold. “Around the United States, leaders at the local level have started to think about how their community’s Internet infrastructure is a catalyst for economic, educational, and governmental innovation.

​​A well researched and unbiased paper that presents  findings that when a second viable competitor is brought into a market dominated by one large provider, basic internet rates decrease by $57 to $62 dollars for 1Gb/sec customers.

Fiber Asset Ownership Proposal 
September, 9, 2017
Where Fiber Broadband is Most Prevalent.
Statistica, October 11, 2017
A Brief History of the Internet & Related Networks
Internet Society

Platte River Power Authority (PRPA) describes the background and capacity of their fiber infrastructure.  A proposal is made to start working with the local municipalities concerning ownership of the fiber.

South Korea is well ahead of the pack with 30 percent of inhabitants enjoying a superfast internet subscription, other developed countries such as the U.S. and Germany can boast a mere 3.7 and 0.7 percent, respectively.
Frequently Asked Questions on Fiber Reliability
Corning Inc.
April 2016
Netflix Surpasses Major Cable Providers in the U.S. 
Felix Richter,  
Jun 13, 2017
Context, Lessons Learned, and a Way
Charles M. Davidson
Director, ACLP at New York Law School
Michael J. Santorelli
Director, ACLP at New York Law School
June 2014
Corning developed the first optical fiber capable of maintaining the strength of laser light signals over significant distances in 1970. This paper addresses the many questions and myths about the reliability of fiber networks.
Having doubled its U.S. subscriber base in the past five years, Netflix passed a major milestone in the first quarter of 2017. For the first time, the popular internet video streaming platform has more internet subscribers than the largest cable pay-TV providers in the country. 
Over the last nine years, the Advanced Communications Law & Policy Institute at New York Law School has
explored nearly every major facet of the U.S. broadband market. 
Beyond disagreements about the competitive and innovative health of the U.S. broadband space—a topic we
explore at length in this report—the debate over whether or not GONs are appropriate often comes down to
a fundamental disagreement over the proper role of government in private markets.