The U.S. has fallen behind many other countries in terms of broadband access and speed. In recent years a number of communities have taken the initiative to improve broadband facilities and access through a wide-range of infrastructure improvements and creative partnerships. Now that the FCC has released Connecting America: The National Broadband Plan, these community broadband initiatives will receive increased attention, some as inspirations and some as cautionary tales.
This PAS Essential Info Packet provides a series of articles, reports, and case studies to bring local governments up to speed on the state of the art in broadband planning. The packet also contains examples of local task force recommendations, plan excerpts, and requests for proposals from communities eager to improve local broadband access and capacity.