Originally published: May 30, 2012
Last updated: May 30, 2012 - 3:40pm
[Commentary] Last week’s announcement that a $200 million broadband investment fund is in play courtesy of Gigabit Squared is part of a quiet trend of communities searching for new ways to fund broadband. Technologies such as desktop PCs, local area networks and mobile applications moved from their infancy to full-blown industries thanks to venture capitalists, investment firms and angel investors who drop big-to-huge bucks on promising startups. For better or worse, these investors drove industries to maturity. Expect the investment scenario for broadband to be different. Few view broadband networks as startup businesses, but maybe more should. Many communities believe broadband is critical infrastructure, the same as water, electricity and highways. Enlightened communities also know these networks are business operations, even when in pursuit of the common good. The networks must generate revenue, though the financial goal for community-run and muni-run networks is more sustainability for the infrastructure rather than profit.
- Seattle is latest city to go around ISPs to get a gigabit network
- You’ve got a gigabit network, so now what?
- DC gets 100 gigabit network, maybe politicos will finally get broadband
- Seattle’s planned fiber network: The gigabit is in the details
- Why Chattanooga Represents Broadband’s Future
- Meet the startup that wants to speed up U.S. broadband
- Community Broadband Partnerships Demand Creativity
- In Kansas, Rural Chanute Built Its Own Gigabit Fiber and Wireless Network
- Partnership to Bring Ultrahigh-Speed Internet to Six Communities
- No Single Person Can Build the Roads and Networks...
- After the Stimulus: Broadband and Economic Development
- Google Fiber and the community broadband ripple
- What it means to get a gig: Austin sees more productivity and better Netflix
- $10,000, Incubator Deal for Your Broadband Vision
- Gotta get a gig: KC startups are buying homes to get Google Fiber