Next Mexico Office of Broadband Access and Expansion
Local Broadband Planning Guide
"This Guide provides a phased approach to support local communities in deploying broadband infrastructure that addresses communities’ connectivity challenges. Limitations This Guide is offered solely for informational purposes and is not intended to mandate the form, content or process of any broadband access or expansion plan, nor guaranty the efficacy or approval of any such plan. "
Next Centuries Cities
Becoming Broadband Ready Toolkit
Next Century Cities “Becoming Broadband Ready” toolkit (Toolkit) lists ten sets of actions communities should undertake to develop broadband solutions for their residents which include: establishing leadership, building a community movement, evaluating the current circumstances and assets, creating a digital inclusion master plan,
exploring connectivity and financing options. These actions are critical for communities to develop the needs assessments, connectivity surveys, internet service availability maps, feasibility studies, strategic broadband plans, network design or engineering plans and project management plans necessary to compete effectively for large-scale federal funding.
National League of Cities
Digital Equity Playbook
"City leaders across the U.S. are prioritizing attempts to bridge the digital divide. Their actions and solutions must adapt to communities’ needs, depending on the causes of the digital divide. Cities are undertaking various digital inclusion efforts to ensure digital equity in their communities." Learn more, read the Digital Equity Playbook.
National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA)
Digital Inclusion Coalition Guidebook
"The new Digital Inclusion Coalition Guidebook provides an in-depth look at successful models and recurring themes across coalitions, accompanied by best practices, lessons learned, and specific recommendations from the field. Some of the key themes covered in the guidebook include:
The Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Initiatives to Foster Local Broadband Solutions - community broadband networks
"Communities across the United States today sit at a flash point. On one side, the long-simmering gaps in our broadband infrastructure and the prohibitive cost of fast, reliable Internet access faced by low-income households have left millions of families behind, unable to work, learn, visit the doctor, or stay connected to their local governments. On the other, billions in federal broadband funding have been disbursed over the last twelve months, with tens of billions more to come both directly to cities and counties and, further down the road, via grants given out by state broadband offices. It’s a rare chance to address the digital divide in all of its forms. But the broadband landscape is complicated and confusing for those new to working in it. Every day, we hear from communities looking to orient themselves to the challenges and opportunities they face, and this need only seems to be growing. In response, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) is excited to announce two new programs to help leaders and local government officials address their community’s needs in practical, efficient, clear-eyed ways, with sensitivity to all the things that make their community unique. ILSR has nearly 20 years of experience working on local broadband solutions that are accountable to local residents and businesses.
While most policymakers remain focused on broadband gaps in rural areas, residents of urban areas understand all too well the connectivity problems faced by those who live in cities. The greatest opportunities to achieve digital equity in urban communities is approaching, with unprecedented government and philanthropic support available to address needs long neglected. However, communities need local champions to ensure that problems are resolved in accordance with local goals.
Tribal Broadband Bootcamp,
Urban Digital Equity Bootcamp
More than 20 years of top-down solutions have failed to result in more connected, resilient communities. The Urban Digital Equity Bootcamps are instead based on the framework that bottom-up approaches, based on trust and local relationships, offer the best path forward. Modeled after the Tribal Broadband Bootcamp, and having learned lessons from the Digital Equity Leadership Lab and Broadband Accelerate approaches, we propose two-day events to develop skills and relationships as well as the needed expertise and partnerships to set and achieve digital equity goals. The program is designed to:
The primary objective will be building knowledge and trust among local organizations so they can engage in strategic campaigns of digital inclusion. These events will need significant local coordination to be effective.
The Urban Digital Equity Bootcamps will begin this fall.
Contact Community Broadband Networks Outreach Team Lead DeAnne Cuellar at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details, including cost.
Announcing the Let’s Get Going Broadband Program
Community broadband planning and coordinating digital inclusion ecosystems is complicated work. Cities and counties struggling to find the best tools and methodologies needed to address infrastructure and digital inclusion can find the solutions they need by participating in ILSR’s Let’s Get Going Broadband Program. This eight-week, cohort-based program is designed to help local governments, elected officials, nonprofits, foundations, and digital equity advocates orient themselves and develop solutions. This progressive, syllabus-based program is aimed at helping participants understand local needs, evaluate options, and chart an achievable path to their goals. From leveraging existing assets, to financing, to partnerships, to evaluating available models for success, this program demystifies every step of the process.
It offers individualized advice and assistance along the way, while at the same time placing each community in a small cohort with other cities and counties aiming to solve similar problems. Each cohort will move through the Let’s Get Going Broadband Programtogether, sharing information, asking questions, and building a network of support along the way. It includes targeted readings, discussions facilitated by ILSR staff, interactive webinars, technical orientation, and lessons learned from fifteen years of tracking, writing about, and talking to communities that have tackled the task of improving their city infrastructure, boosting economic development, improving competition, and reaching the unserved and underserved by investing in locally owned solutions. The first Let’s Get Going Broadband Program cohort is scheduled to begin in September. The cost per community is $15,000, and we recommend each community will select 3-5 participants to attend. See the full program flyer with schedule here [pdf], or below.
Sign up for the Let’s Get Going Broadband Program here.