Ammon, Idaho can show Dublin how it’s done

As Dublin thinks about how it can build and/or encourage a next-generation small business and residential broadband service, we should consider what’s been happening in a small town out west, as reported in the attached 20-minute video.

Ammon, Idaho has built out a municipal broadband platform the carriers refused to build, claiming it was unprofitable. Instead, the city built their own fiber network initially for safety, security, and other community services, but then expanded, bringing businesses and carriers to the table once the fiber build-out was mostly in place.

Financially, technically, and culturally it made a huge difference. In fact, Ammon is now growing faster than their neighboring city, which lacks fiber broadband. And fiscal conservatives (which are the vast majority of voters in rural western towns like Ammon) have supported the moves for economic growth reasons and because carriers can still participate in providing services to business and residential customers.

In fact, carriers now have faster access to customers at lower cost and compete on services and price. As noted in the video piece, having the city build out broadband for carrier access is similar to having the city build out roads for use by FedEx, UPS, and other package carriers.

Be sure to watch the video. What if this were Dublin? What if DubLink were just the beginning and the next wave is to follow the Ammon model? What if customers could switch carriers at any time? What if high speeds were based on municipal fiber? What if broadband access and performance were no longer an issue for any home in the City?

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