Resources on Market Competition

News Coverage

These stories cover campaigns by other Internet providers that stem from and respond to new, city-led broadband Internet initiatives.

Ars Technica, Predator or Prey: Charter Cuts Internet Prices to Compete with City-Owned Network” – this article details Charter Communications’ efforts to respond to Monticello, Minnesota’s municipally-owned network.

The Atlantic Cities,How the Telecom Lobby is Killing Municipal Broadband” – this story covers the efforts by competing providers to impede the development of Longmont, Colorado’s municipal broadband network.

Tech Republic, Comcast, Time Warner Take On Google Fiber in Kansas City; Can the Incumbents Compete?” – this article details how the Internet market in Kansas City has adapted to the launch of Google Fiber.

City-Produced Responses

Faced with pressure and opposition, such as this flier produced by a competitor, from other carriers in the market, many communities have developed resources to advocate for their broadband Internet products. The resources below offer examples of how communities across the country have dealt with market competition.

Cedar Falls Utilities, CFU Residential Report Card” – Cedar Falls has a rate card that informs residents about how much they save due to the CFU network. The rate card helps to increase loyalty to CFU.

EPB,  “EPB Fiber Optics Project” –  this video, produced by EPB, provides a synopsis of the utility’s efforts to build a gigabit network in Chattanooga, and reviews how the network dealt with pressure from marketplace competitors.

Lafayette Utility System, Lafayette Response to Heartland Institute” and “Baller Response to Heartland Institute” – home to the famous LUS Fiber network, Lafayette, Louisiana has faced significant market pressure from other carriers. These two reports were produced by Lafayette leaders to respond to arguments against the development of their gigabit network.

Independent Reports

A number of reports and articles produced by independent organizations have examined how municipalities have successfully managed to respond to competing carriers and establish a foothold in the broadband Internet marketplace.

American Public Power Association, Community Broadband: Separating Fact from Fiction” –  this in-depth report provides background on municipal broadband provision, reviews common models, and addresses common arguments against municipal broadband.

Broadband Properties, Deceptive Myths About Municipal Broadband” – this article addresses common perceptions about municipal broadband provision.

Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Broadband at the Speed of Light” – this report, which focuses on three real-world municipal broadband networks, includes a discussion on how competing carriers have reacted to new market entrants.

Institute for Local Self-Reliance,Correcting Community Fiber Fallacies: The Reality of Lafayette’s Gigabit Network” – this report on Lafayette’s LUS Fiber network responds to claims about the network  and discusses how other carriers react to municipal networks.