Policy Documents

No. 108 Municipal Broadband: Optimistic Plan, Disappointing Reality

Steven Titch –
June 20, 2005

This paper compares the financial performance of a municipal fiber-to-the-home system in Bristol, Virginia with projections made by the same consultant for a proposed fiber-to-the-home system in Lafayette, Louisiana. The author finds the Bristol system is losing money because its operating budget is growing at an unexpected rate. He also finds that the proposed Lafayette system fails to reflect these higher real-world expenses, and consequently budgets too little.


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