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This blog describes the public input the National Telecommunications and Information Administration seeks as it prepares the Notices of Funding Opportunities for the broadband programs in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Questions are broken down into three sections: General, the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment program, and the implementation of the Digital Equity Act of 2021.
This letter asks the FCC to publicize and increase the usability of its existing Internet Access Services data for the purposes of measuring broadband adoption nationwide. The letter is a response to the U.S. Census decision not to release 2020 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates.
This report summarizes the results of the 2020 Public LIbrary Technology Survey. It provides a complete snapshot of public library technology capacity, including resources for library patrons, technology infrastructure, digital literacy, and technology staff and budget.
This resource describes the aspects of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that are related to broadband deployment.
An overview of the workforce provisions in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, including the Digital Equity Act of 2021. This section of the bill created the State Digital Equity Capacity Grant Program, which will help states develop digital equity plans, and the Digital Equity Competitive Grant Program, which will address digital inclusion and broadband expansion needs.
This report provides an overview of the rural broadband market, including defining the different types of rural internet service providers (ISP), explaining their various operating models, and identifying the first steps to putting together feasibility studies for rural broadband projects, as well as many more on topics ranging from broadband technologies to funding broadband networks.
This video includes a discussion of how innovative communities and their partners can work to deliver high-speed, accessible, affordable broadband to compete in an evolving market.
This report uses data from the FCC and the U.S. Census to explore the relationship between facilities-based competition and broadband adoption. The researchers found that competition between cable and fiber did not seem to bring the last group of unconnected people online.
This article explores how state governments aren’t taking full advantage of the 5% of Capital Projects Fund’s allocation that’s available now to pay for broadband planning efforts. Instead they’re waiting for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funding to become available. But as a result some states are missing out on the opportunity to start making progress now.
This report details a framework for encouraging engagement with broadband across all sectors of a community. This framework includes the input of more than 100 organizations and individuals collected from forums held across the country and a survey. It synthesizes more than a dozen key principles and includes numerous resources in its appendices.
This article makes the case for Congress to redefine broadband as having a minimum speed of 100/100 Mbps. The authors argue that these and faster symmetrical speeds, reachable only by fiber deployment, are best suited to meet future consumer demands.
This resource discusses the importance of electric cooperatives and publicly owned municipal electric utilities in the delivery of broadband services. The piece states that they provide access to essential infrastructure while having lower risks and fewer entry costs.
This memo was sent to state broadband offices. It provides a system for existing internet providers to raise concerns about grant applications and can help state broadband offices ensure that public funds are not tapped multiple times for the same project or awarded to areas without sufficient need.
This report outlines the preferred scenario in helping to achieve the goal of attaining 98 percent broadband deployment in San Bernadino and Riverside Counties in California. The report includes maps identifying unserved areas; describes the public assets, programs, permits, and existing infrastructure needed for deployment; and recommends a path forward.
The Office of Advocacy under the U.S. Small Business Administration submitted to the FCC this ex parte letter highlighting how the significant barriers to broadband competition in multi-tenant environments are hurting small businesses. It advocates for the FCC to prohibit agreements that create barriers to competition, including revenue sharing and exclusive wiring and rooftop access agreements.
This report provides a case study and best practices for facilitating a community-driven process to engage the public in developing a plan to improve broadband service in a community.
The Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition argues that supporting robust Wi-Fi and wireless networking for anchor institutions is crucial. Doing so will allow policymakers to help enable a wide range of 21st-century internet applications for improved education, learning, and medical care. This plan provides a series of strategies and recommendations curated by the coalition.
This piece describes the Affordable Connectivity Program, which was created through the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The resource discusses various aspects of the program, including the benefit itself, household and provider eligibility, consumer protections considerations, and next steps.
The Resource Library is a curated collection of expert broadband resources, including funding guides, policy analyses, how-tos, and more. Every resource has been verified by the CTC Energy & Technology team, drawing on their more than forty years of expertise. The library is continuously updated as new resources are submitted for review. Search the resource library to find analysis, explainers, and case studies to answer your broadband questions.
The National Broadband Resource Hub is made possible through the generous support of the Ford Foundation and Schmidt Futures. The site is administered by the Broadband Equity Partnership.