Cities think outside the box to realize gigabit broadband goals

03/28/2013 | Telecompetitor.com

Municipalities need to get creative if they want to accelerate their transition to gigabit broadband, experts say, pointing to the practice in several cities of using routine street maintenance as an opportunity to lay fiber. "The cost of throwing fiber in the ground is really low compared with [the cost of] tearing up roads," said Christopher Mitchell, director of the Telecommunications as Commons Initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. He was speaking at a recent workshop on ways to realize the Federal Communications Commission's goal of having one gigabit community in every state by 2015.

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