Achieving middle-mile route diversity and redundancy. Towns can work together to develop regional networks and make internet service more reliable for their constituents even if their last-mile builds occur at different times. Case in point: Leverett and Shutesbury, Massachusetts.
They are mostly towns you’ve probably never heard of, places like Sandy, Ore., Leverett, Mass., Lafayette, La., and Longmont, Colo. Yet these smaller communities, and hundreds more like them, have something even the techiest big cities such as New York, San Francisco and Seattle don’t have: widespread, fast and well-priced broadband service.