Working with what’s there: To deliver broadband cost-effectively, the best option may be to partner with the incumbent telephone company.

Communities start down the path of creating broadband networks for a handful of reasons. Some want to create broadband competition to reduce consumer prices. In most cases, however, communities build networks to improve internet connection speed and quality for residents. Some towns struggle to fund the investment, and they turn to options with lower deployment costs, such as fixed wireless, to reduce the cost of connecting residents.

There is another option for reducing costs, however – one that may seem shocking or counterintuitive to many who have spent time working on municipal networks: You could consider working with your local incumbent telco….

Read the full article by Trevor Jones in Broadband Communities Magazine.