Municipalities across the country are deploying all-fiber broadband networks so their residents and businesses have robust access to essential services, as well as to stimulate economic growth and development. When the market fails to provide the bandwidth that a community needs, a community should be able to respond to its citizens needs and be should be permitted to deploy an all-fiber network. As such, the Fiber Broadband Association opposes efforts to frustrate deployments by local governments in these instances. Municipalities also can propel investment in all-fiber facilities by the private sector, including by facilitating access to poles, ducts, conduit, dark fiber, and government buildings.
The Fiber-to-the-Home Council commissioned the research firm RVA LLC to study all 57 municipal FTTH operators serving 87 communities in North America. One aspect of this study was to examine differences in market results between systems that operate on an open access model (of which there are 11 systems,
including nine in the United States) with those that operate on the retail model (46 systems).