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 Federal Communications Commission has formally requested public comment the Fiber to the Home Council Americas' petition for the FCC to establish a Gigabit Communities Race to the Top program, which would demonstrate new models for communications investment and jumpstart the development of ultra-high speed applications so critical to economic growth and social interaction. Modeled on the Obama Administration’s successful Race to the Top education initiative, the FTTH Council petition sets forth a competitive program of matching grants of up to $10 million for projects in Tier II and Tier III markets where communities working with service providers develop innovative proposals for bringing symmetric gigabit connections to community anchor institutions and their neighboring communities.