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Municipal Broadband
Mega-mergers in the telecommunication industry has resulted in an industry that is essentially unregulated and controlled by a few monolithic entities. This begs the question; why do local governments consider entering into the telecommunication business?

Although the Telecommunication Act of 1996 was intended to stimulate competition within the telecommunication industry, most would agree that the opposite has occurred. The following articles are intended to provide rational, justification and consequence of municipal entry into telecommunications.

  “Promise, Pitfalls on Road to Municipal Broadband.”   Broadband Business Report, February 25, 2003    
Bast, Joseph, L.   “Municipally Owned Broadband Networks: A Critical Evaluation.”       http://www.heartland.org/pdf/10687.pdf. Link Accessed: 2003-07-31.  
Butler, Arthur A., Paisner, Joel R.   Deciding Whether to Build a Municipal Broadband Network, Choosing the Best Business Plan and Entity”       http://www.mrsc.org/Subjects/telecomm/LSIProgramMaterials.pdf. Link Accessed: 2004-02-22.  
Ford, George, S., Koutsky, Thomas, M.   Municipal Broadband Networks and Economic Development: A Case Study from Florida   Applied Economic Studies   April 2005   http://www.publicpower.com/telecom_study/municipal_broadband_&_economic_development.pdf. Link Accessed: 2005-06-01.  
Horwood, James, N., Driver, Allison, L.   “Legal Issues Briefing – Understanding the Challenges! Municipal Entry: What is Really at Stake?”     October 2002   http://www.spiegelmcd.com/pubs/jnh_appa.htm. Link Accessed: 2003-08-14.  
Iowa Assoiciation of Municipal Utilities   “Competitive Markets, Municipal Utilities, and the Myth of Leveling the Playing Field.” IAMU Position Papers for the 2004 Legislative Session       http://www.iamu.org/main/legislati/Position%20Paper%20Feb%2005/Myth%20of%20level%20playing%20field%2005.doc. Link Accessed: 2005-02-17.  
Kelly, Doris   A Study of the Economic and Community Benefits of Cedar Falls, Iowa’s Municipal Telecommunications Network     October 2003   http://www.iprovo.net/projectInfoDocs/economicAndCommunityBenefitsStudy.pdf. Link Accessed: 2005-06-01.  
Lenard, Thomas.   “Government entry into the telecom business: Are the benefits commensurate with the costs?”     Februrary 2004   http://www.pff.org/publications/communications/pop11.3govtownership.pdf. Link Accessed: 2004-04-09.  
McGarty, P Terrence., Bhagavan, Ravi.   “Municipal Broadband Networks: A revised Paradigm of Ownership”   The Merton Group   2002   http://www.mertongroup.com/Municipal%20Broadband%20Networks.pdf. Link Accessed: 2004-02-20.  
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