In May, two professors at the University of Pennsylvania released a research paper entitled “Municipal Fiber in the United States: An Empirical Assessment of Financial Performance”. In the paper, Professor Christopher Yoo and student Timothy Pfenninger essentially claim that municipal broadband networks are failures.
It's not the first time that supposed scholarly institutions or think tanks have bashed municipal broadband. So once again, Christopher Mitchell and the team at the Institute for Local Self Reliance sprang into action to debunk the paper and point out its many flaws. CLICK HERE to read the ILSR's great response.
The UPenn study received a lot of publicity over the past week, so it's a good idea for persons involved in municipal broadband to be aware of the paper and read through the ILSR response in case you get any questions from people in your community.
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