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Municipal Wireless Broadband: Policy and Business Implications of Emerging Access Technologies

Municipal Wireless Broadband: Policy and Business Implications of Emerging Access Technologies,William Lehr,Marvin Sirbu,Sharon Gillett

Municipal Wireless Broadband: Policy and Business Implications of Emerging Access Technologies   (Citations: 17)
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Two trends are converging: growing interest in municipal networking as a response to perceived market failure (inadequate investment/competition in broadband last mile facilities); and revitalized interest in wireless last- mile technologies (BFWA, WiFi, 3G). Historically, the justification for municipal provisioning of "last mile" infrastructure has focused on the natural monopoly aspect of wireline infrastructure (e.g., FTTH or small size of market). Growing interest in WISPs, municipal hot spots, and access to public buildings/space for siting base stations suggest new and expanded opportunities or roles for community ownership of last-mile services. It is clear that wireless technology changes the economics of deploying last mile infrastructure, but it is less clear what this means for public policy towards local community provisioning initiatives. This paper examines the implications of emerging wireless technologies for the policy debate over whether municipalities should be playing an active role in providing last mile broadband services, and if so, what the nature of that role should be. Public involvement in provisioning last mile infrastructure will have a direct impact on private sector competition. We provide evidence of emerging trends and a framework to help structure the policy debate. Our analysis shows that the case for a public role is complex and that the optimal policy is likely to depend critically on the type of wireless infrastructure that is being deployed and the objectives for the system.
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    • ...In a 2004 whitepaper, Lehr et al. [6] examined the impact of emerging wireless technologies on the debate as to whether or not local governments should take an active role in creating and managing the “last mile” of broadband Internet connectivity...

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    • ...Still, many projects aimed at facilitating large-scale wireless broadband access are starting to emerge (including municipal efforts in several US cities), typically followed by a set of reactions (not all passive) from the industry incumbents and regulatory bodies [9,10,13,14]...
    • ...Considering the size and scope of the wireless broadband networks, these two examples may prove to be the perfect testing ground in analyzing societal and business level research issues [16,21], proper public and private resource management [14,22], as well as the municipal wireless broadband challenges affecting several US cities [9,10,12]...
    • ...failure, which is characterized as inadequate investment/competition in broadband last mile initiatives [9]...
    • ...The primary reason for such municipal involvement is the perceived market failure of the incumbents in providing affordable broadband Internet access [9]...

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