Community Investment Incentives
Communities want and need high performance, future-proof all-fiber networks. Many are working with the Fiber Broadband Association, state broadband agencies, providers, consultants and other entities to drive investments by potential network operators — be they the local incumbent, a competitive entrant or even the community itself. Communities are creating a compendium of best practices which the Fiber Broadband Association will track and make available.
The Fiber-to-the-Home Council Americas petition to the Federal Communications Commission to institute a rulemaking proceeding to adopt rules to establish and implement a Gigabit Communities Race-to-the-Top Program (“Program”) to distribute a discrete amount of universal service catalyst funding (“Catalyst Funds”) in communities each year for five years beginning in 2014. The Program would support the deployment of ultra-high-speed networks with symmetrical gigabit services for community anchor institutions and their surrounding related neighborhoods in Tier II and Tier III markets within two years from the distribution of Catalyst Funds. In turn, these networks will accelerate the creation of a new generation of transformational applications that will promote more rapid investment in and deployment of ultra-high-speed networks across the country. In the end, this virtuous cycle of innovation and investment in both demand and supply will enhance economic development and job creation, furthering the United States’ global leadership and international competitiveness.