Beginning to work on broadband can be intimidating—there are technical terms to learn, federal agencies to familiarize yourself with, and no shortage of acronyms. However, there is also a vibrant community of organizations working on these issues and eager to share information. The resources below are a helpful starting point for learning about broadband technology and the planning process.
Becoming broadband ready: A toolkit for communities
This toolkit provides a set of best practices for local leaders interested in preparing their communities for broadband investment. It is organized by concept (such as building community support and evaluating different network models), and also includes a checklist of action steps and a glossary of broadband terms.
Planning a community broadband roadmap: A toolkit for local and Tribal governments
This resource provides an in-depth description of the broadband project planning process. It breaks the process into six steps, and provides additional resources and planning tools.
A complete guide to fiber optic internet
OTELCO offers a technical overview of fiber optics, as well as notes on DSL, cable, and fixed wireless networks. This broadband primer also discusses the benefits of broadband, construction methods, and finance and regulatory considerations.
This resource from the State of North Carolina provides an overview of why broadband is important, the benefits of broadband, and what technologies can be used to access broadband.
Learning @ Internet Society
The Internet Society offers a wide range of free, self-paced online courses for those wishing to explore the technical and programmatic aspects of broadband development. Course topics include network operations, Internet exchange points, encryption, and grant application and project implementation.
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