Citizens Take Charge: Concord, Massachusetts, Builds a Fiber Network

20 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2017

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David Talbot

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Waide Warner

Harvard Law School

Susan P. Crawford

Harvard University - Berkman Center for Internet & Society

Jacob White

Rose Law Firm

Date Written: February 2017

Abstract

This report describes a multi-year effort by the town of Concord, Massachusetts, to establish a robust and versatile communications infrastructure to better serve its citizens. The town’s municipal utility, Concord Municipal Light Plant, or CMLP, built a 100-mile fiber optic network as a backbone for a smart grid, and then used the network to deliver high-speed Internet access to homes and businesses, competing with Comcast. With the fiber installed, the town realized significant savings on municipal communications costs and generated new fiber-leasing revenue. CMLP recently launched a strategic planning effort to use the smart grid network and the data it generates to reduce peak power demand and costs, and to reduce systemwide greenhouse gas emissions. CMLP may earn additional revenue by allowing the New England transmission system to use parts of CMLP’s smart grid to balance regional electricity loads. And Concord now has the potential to expand its Internet access business beyond town boundaries, starting in neighboring Acton.

Suggested Citation

Talbot, David and Warner, Waide and Crawford, Susan P. and White, Jacob, Citizens Take Charge: Concord, Massachusetts, Builds a Fiber Network (February 2017). Berkman Klein Center Research Publication No. 2017-2 (The Municipal Fiber Project), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2926467 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2926467

David Talbot (Contact Author)

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Waide Warner

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Susan P. Crawford

Harvard University - Berkman Center for Internet & Society ( email )

Harvard Law School
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Jacob White

Rose Law Firm ( email )

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