When it comes to choosing an internet service provider, most Americans have limited options — if any at all. Portfolio company Underline, which focuses on community infrastructure, is now hoping to disrupt that industry by building open access fiber networks across 2,500 underserved communities. The company says its first full-scale deployment will break ground Tuesday in Colorado Springs, Colorado — where 10% of all households have no internet access.
“Open access networks have largely been done by municipalities that were not trying to break even very quickly,” said Christopher Mitchell, director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative at ILSR. “The challenge for Underline is to get the returns it needs in a reasonable time period.” Sponsored Content Technology With the Human Touch: The Workforce of the Future is Wired Differently BCG