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.
Around the United States, hundreds of communities have made substantial investments into telecommunications networks. These investments range from the nation’s largest FTTH network in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to the hundreds of local governments that built networks to connect schools and community anchors. This is the first map to comprehensively map the broadband networks that are structurally designed to meet community needs first.
Zoom in on the map to see Leverett!
In the fiber to the home (FTTH) broadband race, 1 Gbps service pricing has become a key subject of interest, particularly as service providers look to lure subscribers away from cable competitors. In this report, we compare pricing, markets and how many locations each provider has connected to their network.
NOTE: This article compares ISP fees only, and does not include the LMLP fee. Even with the LMLP fee, LeverettNet remains in the top tier of gigabit (1000MB) Fiber-to-the-Home systems, moving from #1 to #12!
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Millions of people each day use the Speedtest website and mobile apps to test their internet speed.
NOTE: Not all Internet servers can handle 1Gbps speeds, which is what your LeverettNet connection can handle (though your router and other equipment may not be able to handle). When you run a speed test, select a major server in NYC rather than the server automatically selected by the speed test application, to be sure you are getting a real test.
While Leverett shows that towns can successfully build, own and operate broadband networks, LeverettNet’s leaders caution that every community must set its own goal, then take smart and careful steps to reach it. They say the $40,000 they spent to plan their system, a bill paid by the state, determined those objectives.One principle the town followed was to put the system’s operation in the hands of three outside vendors — and then to monitor their performance closely. LeverettNet has no paid staff. “We just aren’t big enough to do all the things that have to be done,” said Powers.
Fiber to the Premise: that employs a public / private partnership can be very successful. Leverett MA. provides an excellent example of such a success.