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Harvard report: Lafayette Fiber tops nation for saving customers money

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LUS Fiber gets a lot of attention around the globe, because of its speed and the fact that the system is owned by the residents of Lafayette.

This week, a study by researchers at Harvard University placed LUS Fiber at the top of its municipally-owned systems for savings for customers. 

You can read the full study, Community-Owned Fiber Networks: Value Leaders in America, by scrolling down. Harvard University provides copies of its studies on the web here. You can find the original article on DASH here. The authors of the study are David A. Talbot, Kira Hope Hessekiel and Danielle Leah Kehl. 

According to the abstract of the study, researchers "collected advertised prices for residential data plans offered by 40 community-owned (typically municipally owned) Internet service providers (ISPs) that offer fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service."

Researchers then identified the least-expensive broadband service, and compared that provider's prices to the advertised prices to those of private competitors in the same markets. According to the abstract of the study, researchers "collected advertised prices for residential data plans offered by 40 community-owned (typically municipally owned) Internet service providers (ISPs) that offer fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service."

"We found that most community-owned FTTH networks charged less and offered prices that were clear and unchanging, whereas private ISPs typically charged initial low promotional or “teaser” rates that later sharply rose, usually after 12 months," the abstract states. 

The researchers looked at broadband service in 27 communities, and found that in 23 cases the community-owned provider was offering a lower average price over four years. You can see the top 10 systems in this screenshot from the study: 

“Our customers and supporters are aware of the positive impact LUS Fiber continues to have in Lafayette," said LUS Director Terry Huval. "This study brings nationwide recognition of our dedication to providing our community the best services, at the best prices. Being ranked #1 in the country for cost savings is a distinction that we at LUS Fiber are honored to bring to Lafayette.”

Here's the full copy of the study, downloaded from DASH: 

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