Bold claims by researchers that some municipal networks would never become financially solvent are being criticized as sloppy by longtime community-driven technology advocates.

Deb Socia, executive director of Next Century Cities said the conclusions of Yoo’s research don’t fit the data. “For the first several years, you are now building fiber to each home at a cost that exceeds your income for that year. That’s going to happen,” Socia said. “The profit doesn’t come until a little later. So if you take the first five years of a study of a new build and try to extrapolate out costs and income, that makes no sense.”